Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a form of skin disease that has no known cures. The scalp and the entire body can be affected by this disease.

Many people believe that it is caused by the weakening of the immune system and that it is hereditary. However, there are no scientific proofs and scientifically formulated cures for psoriasis since its origin is still unresolved.

Psoriasis is characterized by red, scaly patches on the body and scalp; also known as psoriasis lesions or plaques. The skin affected is inflamed and the lesions spread quickly, forming white, scaly and dry patches. People who are inflicted with psoriasis try to relieve themselves by using oil-based products on their dry skin.

Common areas of the body where psoriasis can develop are:

  • On the elbow
  • Knees
  • Scalp
  • Back
  • Around the navel
  • Around or on the genitals
  • Fingers and toes

The severity of psoriasis can either be localized or full-body coverage.

Psoriasis is not a contagious skin disease. However, the emotional effects of this disease are so devastating to patients and their families. Often times, psoriasis patients avoid contact with the outside world due to embarrassment and fear of being ridiculed in public.

Temporary Relief for Psoriasis

As mentioned earlier, the cure for psoriasis is yet to be discovered. However, there are ways to relieve the pain and itching caused by this disease.

  • Sunshine is believed to have some positive effects on psoriasis patients. The warmth and vitamin D from the sun rays can help ease the disease.
  • Topical creams can be used as moisturizers for the dry skin surface inflicted by psoriasis
  • Taking vitamin D supplements and mild steroids are also believed to ease the aches, itching and spreading of psoriasis patches on the skin

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