By Neepa Sevak
Are you tormented from red scaly patches over your skin that fixes peoples eyes at you causing embarrassment? In that case this could be a symptom of Psoriasis, a recurring inflammatory unsightly skin condition. In psoriasis victims skin cells reproduce at an unusually expeditious pace. This causes cells to assemble on the skin’s surface instead of shedding, manifesting patchy lesions identified as psoriasis. Psoriasis patches are found on scalp, face, behind ears, chest, elbows, palms, finger nails, lower back, genitals, knees, legs, soles and toenails.
Living with psoriasis can be physically and emotionally challenging. In addition to its physical outcome on skin, psoriasis can also have a devastating influence on your emotional, psychological and social well being.
Types of Psoriasis
There are five different types of psoriasis:
- Plaque Psoriasis: this is the most common form of Psoriasis also known as Psoriasis Vulgaris. It transpires as patches of bumpy reddish skin encased by white silvery scales. These patches form primarily on elbows, knees, lower back, chest and scalp.
- Guttate Psoriasis: this cultivates in children and young adults following a Strep infection. It materializes as small dot sized red spots on the chest, arms and legs.
- Pustular Psoriasis: this appears as tender areas of fiery red skin with white pus-filled blisters mainly on palms and soles. This can be triggered by infections, pregnancy, sunburns or certain medications.
- Inverse Psoriasis: this shows as smooth, red lesions in skin folds like arm-pits, genitals, between the buttocks and under the breasts. This is more prevalent in people who are over weight.
- Erythrodermic Psoriasis: this exhibits as extensive redness as if skin is burnt with severe itching and pain. This can be life threatening because the skin loses its defensive function and may not be able to safeguard against heat and fluid loss nor preclude harmful bacteria from entering the body. This can be activated by illnesses, emotional stress, alcoholism or excessive use of corticosteroids.
Causes of Psoriasis
- Inherited from family
- Stress, depression
- Undue sweating
- Skin injuries like cuts, scrapes, chemical irritation, tattoos, burns, vaccination and shaving
- Food allergens
- A strep infection, upper respiratory viral infection, boils, thrush or HIV
- Certain medications like anti-malarial drugs, Corticosteroids, medications used to treat high blood pressure, arthritis, heart conditions and depression
- Cold and dry weather
- Hormonal imbalance
- Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption
Symptoms of Psoriasis
- Patches of dry skin
- Itching and burning
- Discomfort and Insomnia due to itching
- Cracked and bleeding skin
- Blisters with pus
- Fever in cases of Pustular Psoriasis
- Yellow or pitted nails
- Joint pains with swelling
- Low self esteem and embarrassment because of your looks
- Social isolation
- Suicidal thoughts
Homeopathic Approach to Psoriasis
Homeopathy contemplates Psoriasis as an immune interceded condition instigated by faulty signals in the body’s immune system. Homeopathy can propose a curative therapy approach for Psoriasis. Homeopathic medicines are natural and safe with no probability of any side effects, and they treat psoriasis without using any local ointments. The medicines work towards impeding the proliferation of skin cells which inevitably alleviates excessive scaling. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body’s own healing potential by restoring balance of the immune system and countering the genetic predisposition. Homeopathic treatment will control the number and severity of lesions, minimize flare ups, improve your quality of life, maintain long term remission, reduce disability and in most cases bring about a permanent cure. Homeopathic remedies are gentle and easy to take, are regulated by the FDA and prepared according to the homeopathic pharmacopeia of the United States.
Self Care Measures
- Reduce stress
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Eat a balanced diet
- Get enough sleep
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
- Use a moisturizer regularly
- Avoid scratching and do not pick on lesions
- Apply a cold compress for the itch
- Soak in a warm oatmeal bath
- Use Epsom salt and fresh Neem leaves or Neem oil in bathing water to soothe itching
- Always bathe in warm water and not hot water
- Always pat dry your skin, do not rub
- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun
- Wear cotton clothing, other fabrics may irritate your skin
- Always use a humidifier in the house to add moisture
When other systems of medicine fail to work effectively, and if you want to live with natural, safe, gentle, non-toxic, effective and rapid acting medicines, to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis, to experience substantial improvement in your outlook and quality of life consider homeopathy.