Can psoriasis be cured?
Psoriasis is a chronic remitting and relapsing scaly and inflammatory skin disorder. Sufferers of the most common form of psoriasis – plaque psoriasis – exhibit scaly lesions on the skin which can range from mild cases, in which less than ten percent of the skin is involved, to severe cases in which almost the entire skin, including the scalp, is affected. Psoriasis is a disorder or disease that attacks the skin, causing red lesions to appear, multiply and scale over with silvery patches.
Above: Severe form of scalp psoriasis. Order here to treat this form of psoriasis.
Often, red eruptions appear on the surface of the skin and cause itching. The itching areas form plaques over the reddened lesions. The plaque resembles multi-layered scales of skin. Psoriasis varies in intensity, varying from a few random spots to a massive outbreak covering the entire body and requiring hospitalization. Severe psoriasis can also lead to a disabling form of arthritis. Psoriasis is believed to be genetically based and inherited. It has also now been classified as an auto-immune disorder whereby the body’s immune system turns on itself. About 30% of those who have psoriasis have a family history of psoriasis.
This disorder can originate in juveniles or not be evident until adulthood. Psoriasis can initiate as early as birth or not occur until very late in life. Once it begins, there are only remissions and relapses of varying degrees of intensity – no permanent cure. Once psoriasis occurs in an individual it usually persists indefinitely, if not treated. In mild cases it may resolve and then recur spontaneously in cycles. Psoriasis has little effect on general health and is primarily a cosmetic problem except in severe cases, where thickened psoriatic skin may make movement painful. About 5% of persons with psoriasis develop a type of arthritis which is associated with the psoriasis. Psoriasis often gets worse with physical or emotional stress or with injuries to the skin. Fingernails and toenails can be affected with small pits in the nails, separation of nails from nail-beds, or abnormal growth of nails. However, this is a less common form of psoriasis. Several other skin diseases (such as eczema and dermatitis) may be mistaken for psoriasis. Psoriasis reacts – it has triggers, which can cause the body to go from a very mild case to a very severe case within a short period of time. Other factors, such as sunlight, help decrease the severity. About two to three percent of the population develops forms of Psoriasis in either a mild form or such that it destroys the self-esteem and quality of life of the sufferer. Although psoriasis is non-contagious, it damages the sufferer in one of the most important features of his or her well being: self-esteem and outlook. This in turn, causes the sufferer to become alienated from co-workers and acquaintances.
How do I deal with psoriasis?
The art of dealing with psoriasis is to try to control and master the level of severity of it. Treatments for psoriasis act primarily by slowing down the rate of epidermal cell division and multiplication. And because the psoriasis sufferer is most likely a long-term user of medical product, it is important to select a treatment method, a medication, that does not cause any side effects.