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Psoriasis is a painful, itching and irritating skin disease. People sometimes mistake psoriasis for eczema. These are two distinct skin infections.
Psoriatic patches are reddish. They are slightly raised above the surrounding healthy skin. Psoriatic patches form within clearly demarcated borders.
Eczema rashes are lighter than the normal complexion of healthy skin. Eczema rashes are not raised. They are just as flat the surrounding healthy skin. Eczema rashes do not have distinct edges. They tend to be spread out.
Living with psoriasis can be a traumatizing experience.
Dealing with the itchiness and irritation is a nuisance by its own right. You might be constrained to take a rain check from work because of the itching and irritation.
Worse yet, you’ll be faced with a whole new societal reaction to your condition. People tend to avoid psoriatic patients; as if, psoriatic patients have the plague.
Psoriasis is not contagious. Do not be surprised that, people do not know this. Chances are; you didn’t know this; until, you got infected. You’ll discover that, people avoid you because of the fear that, your proximity might cause them to contract your condition.
Such a reaction from your peers is a source of tremendous emotional stress. This can pulverize the fabric of your self-esteem into smithereens.
Men and women are equally affected by psoriatic infections; however, women tend to be more sensitive to the reaction from society.
Stress (mental and physical) is a trigger of psoriatic infection. The psoriatic infection itself can accentuate the stress in a sort of self re-enforcing cycle. In extreme cases, you might end up with a terrible depression.
There are five types of psoriatic infections: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodemic.
Plaque (vulagaris) psoriasis is the most widespread. About 80 to 90% of psoriatic patients are infected with the plaque variant. Psoriatic plaques appear as red patches, covered intermittently with silvery-white flakes.
Guttate psoriatic flakes are more common in children and adults younger than 30. Guttate flakes appear as small, red, raindrop-like papules. They frequently occur on the lower back and proximal extremities.
Guttate eruptions are often triggered by bacterial infections such as strep throat or respiratory track disease. Sometimes, the guttate eruption occurs after recovery from the bacterial infection. The interval from recovery from the bacterial infection to the eruption of guttate flakes can be as long as weeks.
Guttate flakes are idiosyncratic. Sometimes, they resist treatment. Sometimes, they disappear without the help of medication.
Inverse or flexural psoriasis occurs in skin folds, where there is moisture. The most frequently affected body parts include: armpits, groin, around the anus, between the buttocks, penis, vulva, umbilicus, navel and natal cleft. In women, it frequently occurs under the breasts.
Unlike other types of psoriatic patches, flexural psoriatic patches do not have a silvery-white hue. Flexural patches are smooth and shiny red because of the moisture in skin folds.
Flexural patches are comorbid. They often co-occur with seborrhoeic dermatitis.
Flexural psoriatic patches are the only type of psoriatic infection; that occur on moist skin. Flexural patches present a unique set of complications because of this singular trait.
Flexural psoriatic rashes are likely to provoke Candida Albicans, a fungal infection. Flexural psoriatic rashes are also likely to provoke lichenification. Lichenification is a type of eczema that occurs around the anus. It causes profound irritation and itchiness.
Treatment of Psoriasis
There are five techniques used in treating psoriatic infections: biologics, systemic agents, topical agents, phototherapy and alternative therapy. The apt treatment method depends on the severity of the infection.
Severe cases are treated with biologics and systemic agents. Moderate cases are treated with phototherapy. Mild cases are treated with topical agents.
Biologics and systemic agents are prescription medication (drugs, pills, liquids) that can be taken orally or injected. People taking systemic medication are subjected to regular blood and liver functioning tests to ensure that, they remain within tolerable toxicity levels.
Phototherapy involves the use of ultraviolet light to treat the infection. Synthetic lamps could be used to generate the ultraviolet radiation or the radiation could be obtained from sunlight.
With synthetic lamps, treatment could be done at home or in a medical setting. If you opt for sunlight, avoid over-exposure as this may result in sun burns.
Dermasis is a top notch topical agent used to treat mild and moderate psoriatic infections. The ultra powerful active agent salicylic acid is used in the dermasis formula. The soothing effect of salicylic acid is widely used in traditional homeopathic medicine.