Psoriasis Treatment and Information

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an unpredictable and irritating skin condition. It’s the result of skin cells multiplying faster than normal, causing the underlying cells to reach the surface and die. This creates areas of red raised skin (plaques) and/or white scales that typically occur on the knees, elbows and scalp. Psoriasis can also affect the torso, palms and soles of feet. It can be itchy, painful, crack, and bleed, and in more severe cases, can fill with pus or be accompanied by fever.

Research has shown that an individual’s immune system is a factor in causing psoriasis. In addition, many people report flare-ups after an emotional upset. Because of this connection, many believe that emotional stressors can serve as triggers for those who may be a genetically prone to psoriasis.

As your body develops psoriasis, your emotional response can make an episode worse or better. Psoriasis can be a physical representation of emotional stress, trauma, and internal discord.

Wellness Tip

Moisturize. One way to help keep your psoriasis at bay is to take care of your skin on a daily basis, including moisturizing after you take a shower or bath.

Identifying Psoriasis

Skin affected by psoriasis is red, raised, and can be covered in loose, silver or white-colored scales. Affected areas may be itchy and painful. They can also crack and bleed. In severe cases, the affected areas can expand and merge into one another.

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Symptoms for psoriasis vary depending on the type you have.

Plaque Psoriasis consists of patches of red skin, broad and slightly raised, that have silvery-white flakes called scales.  It often affects elbows, knees, scalp, or lower back. Affected areas may crack, bleed, ache, or itch. However, the more you scratch, the thicker they can get. You can develop Plaque Psoriasis at any age, but it is most common in adults.

 

Scalp Psoriasis is a type of Psoriasis that may appear like dandruff, but it’s not the same.  Scalp Psoriasis flakes are powdery and silver or white. Nearly half of people with Psoriasis have Scalp Psoriasis.

Kids and young adults are more likely to get Guttate Psoriasis, presenting as small red dots with raised edges. It can appear suddenly in the midsection or onother common sites like arms, legs, scalp, ears, and face. Triggers for Guttate Psoriasis include strep throat, the flu, colds, and other upper respiratory infections.

Inverse Psoriasis consists of very sore patches of shiny, bright red skin without the often-accompanying silver scales. Inverse Psoriasis only appears where skin contacts skin, like in the armpits, behind the knees, under the breasts or belly fat, genitals, and buttocks. Rubbing (chafing) and sweating can make the condition worse.

This rare type appears as red, swollen patches of skin with pus-filled bumps and may be your body reacting to infections, stress, medications, or contact with certain chemicals. When these bumps dry out, they turn yellow-brown and scaly. Pustular Psoriasis usually shows up on the palms of your hands or bottoms of your feet. The blisters themselves may break open, leaving the skin underneath cracked and raw. Seek professional help immediately if the bumps spread and are met with other symptoms like severe itching, fever, muscle weakness, and/or chills.

This form of Psoriasis causes large areas of the skin to turn bright red, like a really bad sunburn, and fall off your body. It’s rare, but includes symptoms like extreme itchiness, pain, a racing heartbeat, and feeling very cold or hot. Erythrodermic Psoriasis can be life threatening, so seek medical attention if you suspect that you have this type of Psoriasis.

Nearly half of the people with Psoriasis have skin cells build up under their nails, which then becomes thick, often splitting or cracking. The nail may even crumble or fall off in harsher cases. Signs of Nail Psoriasis include brownish red or yellow spots under the nail, or tiny dents along the surface.

When arthritic symptoms like joint pain, stiffness, and swelling show up along with Psoriasis, it’s called Psoriatic Arthritis or Psoriatic disease. If you are suffering from both symptoms of Psoriasis and arthritis, be sure to seek your doctor’s advice.

Psoriasis Treatment Options

Because psoriasis is an internal and external condition, treatment of it requires patience and practice – with yourself as well as with the products best suited to your condition. Summers Laboratories has created many skincare products to help heal and soothe you.

Preventing Psoriasis

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Take good care of your skin and scalp. Use gentle skin products and treat and moisturize affected areas with Keralyt5 Cream and other Keralyt products.  No scratching or picking!

2

Take the climate into account. Dry and cold weather can make the skin more susceptible to psoriasis flare-ups, making moisturizing your skin and avoiding triggers all the more important.

3

Keep calm. There’s an association between psoriasis flare-ups and anxiety, so be mindful of your emotions and aware of your personal triggers so you can lead a healthier life with healthier skin.