Psoriasis – Cause, symptoms, diagnosis & Homeopathic treatment
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is one of most obstinate skin diseases to encounter. This disease is characterized by formation of thick silvery itchy patches which result from change in the life cycle of skin cells. Every cell in the body comes to life and dies at a suitable time. Similarly every cell of skin comes to life and dies at its suitable time. But in psoriasis, the speed of death of cells is accelerated, so the ratio of new growth cells and dead cells is disturbed and they tend to accumulate on the surface of the skin (epidermis) which appears thick, dry, scaly and itchy.
Cause of Psoriasis
Psoriasis so far has been thought to be of auto immune in nature. The T cells which usually attack foreign substances in the body, attack skin cells in individuals suffering from psoriasis. Psoriasis triggers Psoriasis typically starts or worsens because of a trigger that you may be able to identify and avoid. Factors that may trigger psoriasis include:
Common triggers for Psoriasis
1. Throat & skin infections
2. Injury over the skin. For eg. cut, scrape, Insect bite, sunburn etc
3. Physical and/or psychological stress
4. Alcohol use
6. In some cases, deficiency of Vitamin D may trigger psoriasis
7. Allopathic medicines such as medicines containing lithium which is prescribed for treatment of bipolar disorder. Medicines for high blood pressure such as beta blockers. Medicines for malaria and iodides.
Symptoms of Psoriasis
1. Red & inflamed areas over the skin which are covered with silvery, thick scales.
2. Small areas of scaling which are commonly seen in children.
3. Skin becomes dry & cracked. This may further lead to bleeding.
4. This condition can be painful and the individual may experience itching, burning or soreness over the affected parts.
5. This condition also affects the nails. They become thickened, pitted or ridged.
6. In some case, the joints may get affected giving rise to swelling and stiffness. This is also known as psoriatic arthropathy.
Different types of psoriasis
- Scalp psoriasis (it affects the scalp over the head)
- Guttate psoriasis (the affected area is in small droplet sized patches)
- Inverse psoriasis (Affects folds of skin)
- Pustular psoriasis. (Pus filled blisters are seen over the affected skin)
- Erythrodermic psoriasis(This is a rare form of psoriasis which form red colored rashes all over the skin)
- Psoriatic arthritis (This form of psoriasis affects the joints in an individual causing swelling & stiffness)
Complications of Psoriasis
1. Psoriatic arthritis.
2. Higher risk of developing Conjunctivitis, blepharitis and uveitis
3. Higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
4. Higher risk of developing High blood pressure.
5. Higher risk of developing Cardiovascular disease.
6. Higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
7. Higher risk of developing other autoimmune diseases.
8. Higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
9. Higher risk of developing kidney disease.
10. Emotional problems.
Homeopathic medicine & Homeopathic treatment for Psoriasis
The cause of psoriasis in many cases is not fully known. However majority of the modern medicine doctors attribute it to stress, tension and worry. This is where the role of homoeopathy becomes very vital. Homoeopathy is a holistic form of medicine and believes in treating the patient as a whole.