Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition caused by a rapid buildup of skin cells.
It is a common, chronic, non-communicable disease with no clear cause and cure.
On a global scale, approximately 2-3% of the earth’s population has one form or another of this disorder that we call psoriasis.
The most common form is Plaque Psoriasis where your skin cells, which multiply and shed off in a few weeks, now do so much rapidly, so that the cells build up into scaly, silvery plaques.
When we actually get sick, it is the immune system that helps us back to health. In the case of psoriasis, a person’s own immune system turns against that person and instead of protection, the disease occurs.
What are the different types of Psoriasis?
Psoriasis has several subtypes, with plaque psoriasis is the most prevalent and approx 80% of all psoriasis sufferers from plaque psoriasis which is known as psoriasis Vulgaris or common psoriasis.
1. Plaque Psoriasis:
In plaque psoriasis, we see a build-up of scales or skin, which takes on a silvery appearance over the reddened skin.
This build-up happens because the cells turnover rate is greatly enhanced over that of a normal individual. Psoriasis is common on the elbows, knees, and the scalp, but the fact is that they can appear anywhere on the body.
2. Inverse Psoriasis:
Inverse psoriasis causes bright areas of red, inflamed skin. Psoriasis is commonly found in the folds of skin, such as the groin(between the abdomen and the thigh), below the breasts or underarms.
3. Guttate Psoriasis:
Guttate psoriasis appears as teardrops in small closely arranged areas and is commonly found in the arms or the legs.
4. Pustular Psoriasis:
Pustular psoriasis is characterized by blisters(a small bubble on the skin). It is most common in adults. Pustular psoriasis is typically localized to smaller areas of the body but can be widespread.
5. Erythrodermic Psoriasis:
Erythrodermic psoriasis is a severe and very rare type of psoriasis. It causes the skin to take on a reddish color and makes the skin looks sunburned.
Psoriasis has no boundaries as it affects both genders equally and all age groups.
What are the symptoms of Psoriasis?
Psoriasis differs from person to person and with the type of psoriasis. It mostly affects on elbows, scalp, thighs, and even cover the majority of the body.
The most common symptoms include:
painful, swollen joints
red patches on the skin
whitish silvery scales
itching and burning sensation
crack or even bleeding from the skin
The symptoms may vary from person to person, some may suffer from the same symptoms but some can have entirely different symptoms as everybody is different and it totally depends on the immune system of the body.
What are the causes of Psoriasis?
Researchers have been searching for the cause of psoriasis for quite some time, but at this point, they cannot identify the exact cause. Some of the causes which have been tracked are:
allergies to chemicals found in the air
products which we apply to our skin such as shampoos and lotions
Genetic is the most common causes of psoriasis.
Natural Methods For Treating Psoriasis
1. Water, water everywhere, but are you drinking enough?
A person is supposed to drink at least 8 full glasses of water in a day. For psoriasis patients, this is so very important. Proper hydration is essential for maintaining proper overall health in general and good skin moisture.
2. Pamper your skin
Most of the people don’t care about their skin, but when it comes to psoriasis patients they need to go above and beyond when it comes to maintaining healthy free skin. You need to moisturize your skin often.
The key point s Lubrication, lubrication, lubrication. When you moisturize the skin with lotions and creams you will be calming down the flaking, the scaling, the redness, and the itching.
Make sure you don’t have allergy with the lotion or the cream.
3. Proper Sunshine
It is true that excessive sun exposure is bad for a person, but the opposite is also true: No sun exposure is also bad for a person. In addition to the body’s normal production of vitamin D upon exposure to the sun. A little bit of sunshine is essential for your skin to perform its job properly.
4. Regular Bathing
Cleanliness is next to godliness. For psoriasis patients, this should be part of their daily routine, but make sure the shower or the bath temperature is just right, not too hot nor too cold because using of excessively hot water can make your skin harsh and will result in itching on the skin.
Make sure do not use any soaps or shampoos with strong chemicals, perfumes, or any ingredient that may cause a flare-up.
5. Therapeutic oils
If you have psoriasis on to your scalp, try massaging your scalp with olive oil. Leave it for some time and then proceed to your normal shampooing routine. The popular oil is mineral oil.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used for treating many human diseases and for psoriasis patients, it can help to bring down skin inflammation and relieve the redness and burning.
Honey possesses anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. It will soothe your skin because softening your plaques helps in their removal.
Honey is applied to the affected areas mixed with petroleum jelly.
8. Aloe Vera
The gel that flows from a cut aloe vera is used in all kind of lotions such as creams, and moisturizers, and potions throughout the cosmetic and over the counter pharmaceutical industry.
In many cases, the use of aloe vera helped in reducing the redness and the inflammation in psoriasis patients.
It is seen these days our diet is sufficiently lacking in several nutrients and micronutrients. We are all pressed for time with our lives and our jobs so much that we often do not have the time to spend on preparing a proper diet.
Diet should include:
flaxseed, canola oil, and walnuts
fruits like oranges, blue-berries
vegetables like carrot, broccoli
less oil cooked meals
Diet should not include:
high-fat dairy products
In combination with medicine and other treatments, a proper healthy diet is important for psoriasis patients. Psoriasis sufferers should keep their weight in control. Eating properly and maintaining a healthy routine is a significant part of coping with psoriasis.