What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells.
It appears as red plaques covered with silvery scale that flakes away from the skin. Psoriatic plaques are often found on the elbows, scalp and knees but can also affect other parts of the body such as the face, feet and mucous membranes.
Psoriasis is not contagious. You cannot get psoriasis from touching someone who has psoriasis, swimming in the same pool, or even intimate contact.
As many people don´t know anything about psoriasis and may feel afraid of getting infected, it is best to tell Your family and closest friends that You have not contagious disease. You are not obligated of course but living in constant fear of exposure, can add enormous stress and stress will make psoriasis only worse. Doctors have associated psoriasis and stress for hundreds of years and all clinical studies support that.
You must learn to cope with stress-it is almost essential! Find out what causes You to stress and try to be above of this.
I can not say that don´t feel bad and wear a short skirt if You have psoriasis on Your feet because I know from my own experience that people watching (especially those who I know) can cause much more stress than wearing long pants on warm summer days. You must do that what makes You feel good. Stress is individual for every person.
Sunlight and air are in most cases very good for psoriasis. If it makes Your skin better then don´t hide Your flares because it might really help You!
Try to forget that You have psoriasis and psoriasis will go away much sooner. It is better to say than do it but remember You are the same person as before. Your skin just has some temporary problems.
If You belive in getting better, it will happen. I know that sometimes looking at Your skin it seems that it will take eternity to get Your skin normal but psoriasis is so unpredictable disease that it might go away even in days. Do You remember how suddenly Your psoriasis came? It can go just as quickly also. When You are negative and give up, it will take much much more time to get Your skin clear. Trust me, I know. It is all up to You.
Scientists are still studying what happens when psoriasis develops. We know that the person’s immune system and genes play key roles. In studying the immune system, scientists discovered that when a person has psoriasis, the T cells (a type of white blood cell that fights unwanted invaders such as bacteria and viruses) mistakenly trigger a reaction in the skin cells.
This reaction activates a series of events, causing new skin cells to form in days rather than weeks. People who develop psoriasis inherit genes that cause psoriasis. Unlike some autoimmune conditions, it appears that many genes are involved in psoriasis.
People worldwide develop psoriasis, it affects 2-3% of people. Studies indicate that psoriasis develops about equally in males and females.
Not everyone who inherits genes for psoriasis gets psoriasis. For psoriasis to appear, it seems that it has to be exposed by trigger. Triggers are not universal. What triggers psoriasis in one person may not cause psoriasis to develop in another.
When do people get psoriasis?
Psoriasis can begin at any age, from infancy through the golden years. There are, however, times when psoriasis is most likely to develop. Most people first see psoriasis between 15 – 30 years of age. About 75% develop psoriasis before they turn 40. Another common time for psoriasis to begin is between 50 – 60 years of age.
Does psoriasis affect quality life?
For some people, psoriasis is a nuisance. Others find that psoriasis affects every aspect of their daily life. The unpredictable nature of psoriasis may be the reason. It is as easy or as hard as You take it.
Types of psoriasis:
Small, drop-shaped lesions appear on the trunk, limbs, and scalp. Guttate psoriasis is most often triggered by upper respiratory infections (for example, a sore throat caused by streptococcal bacteria).
Blisters of noninfectious pus appear on the skin. Attacks of pustular psoriasis may be triggered by medications, infections, stress, or exposure to certain chemicals.
Smooth, red patches occur in the folds of the skin near the genitals, under the breasts, or in the armpits. The symptoms may be worsened by friction and sweating.
Widespread reddening and scaling of the skin may be a reaction to severe sunburn or to taking corticosteroids (cortisone) or other medications. It can also be caused by a prolonged period of increased activity of psoriasis that is poorly controlled.
Joint inflammation that produces symptoms of arthritis in patients who have or will develop psoriasis.
How to heal psoriasis?
There is a wide range of creams and lubricants. Using them correctly will give good results with few side effects. You may also consider going to UVB therapy and use natural remedies to fight psoriasis. Other treatments are for more serious cases that require monitoring and have more side effects.