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Published on 09/12/2022

Is your skin dry and scaly? Do you have red skin lesions covered with silvery patches? It might be psoriasis!

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition presenting as dry,red, scaly plaques over elbows, knees, trunk, palms and soles.

Seasonal variations, emotional stress, infections, alcohol, smoking, obesity, and certain groups of drugs are the triggering factors.

There are multiple treatment modalities ranging from topical medication to systemic drugs depending upon the sites involved And the severity of the disease.

Let’s understand more about psoriasis

Symptoms

There are various types of psoriasis, each with its own set of signs and symptoms.

Chronic plaque psoriasis

This variant is the commonest type affecting elbows, knees, and lower back.

Guttate psoriasis

This variant is usually seen in children and young adults. It usually follows an upper respiratory tract infection or tonsillitis due to streptococci. Small droplet-shaped red scaly papules are seen over the trunk and limbs.

Pustular psoriasis

This variant presents with tiny pustules over existing psoriatic plaques.it can be localized or generalized.

Inverse psoriasis

The skin folds of the groin, breast and buttocks are most commonly affected with smooth, glistening, papules, painful fissures and less scaling.

Erythrodermic psoriasis

It is a generalized form of psoriasis with erythema and scaling.

Psoriatic arthritis

It is inflammatory arthritis and occurs in 5 to 10% of patients with psoriasis.

Nail psoriasis

Psoriasis can cause pitting, irregular nail growth, separation of nail plates from the nail bed and crumbling of the nail plate.

Know what causes psoriasis

In psoriasis, skin cells grow more quickly than usual with increased cell turnover. This leads to scaling of the skin.
The exact cause is unknown but it is believed to be an autoimmune response. Genetic and environmental factors influence the development of the condition.

Know when I should see a doctor?

Consult your healthcare provider if you feel you have the above-mentioned symptoms. You do not respond to the treatment.

You have severe scaling all over the body, fever, and swelling of feet.

How can one prevent psoriasis

There is no way to prevent psoriasis completely. with the health care provider’s treatment plan, one can lower the risk by leading a healthy lifestyle, skin care and avoiding triggers that may cause a flare up of symptoms.

Now the question is ; is there a cure for psoriasis?

No. Psoriasis is not curable. Remissions and relapses are seen throughout one’s life. Treatment can alleviate the symptoms, allowing you to feel comfortable.

What should I do if I suffer from psoriasis?

Here are a few steps to follow, if you are suffering from the psoriasis.

  • Take medications as instructed.
  • Use moisturizers more frequently.
  • One who has concomitant diabetes, hypertension, obesity, or hypercholesterolemia needs to modify her lifestyle.
  • Lower the stress with meditation and exercise.

Conclusion

Psoriasis can come and go throughout your life. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have skin changes that aren’t going away. There isn’t a cure for psoriasis and it's not contagious.

Your provider may prescribe you moisturizers, topical and systemic medications as per the need to relieve the symptoms.

Lifestyle modifications, exercise and meditation will also help improve the symptoms.

Skincare at MEDICOVER hospitals

Our care team at MEDICOVER hospitals personalizes your psoriasis treatment to ensure compassionate care, an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan that works for you.

We have the best team of dermatologists who are very experienced in diagnosing and treating psoriasis in all age groups. If you want assistance with your skin care, our team at MEDICOVER hospitals will work with you to coordinate your care.

Don’t wait for your symptoms to get worse.

Get a consultation with our expert dermatologist now.