What is psoriasis?
An auto-immune disease resulting in red, scaly, itchy patches on the skin. The disease is not contagious so there is no risk of the transfer of the disease to another person in contact. This is a chronic inflammatory skin condition which is immune system related to skin cells reacting against it. This mainly affects elbows, knees, scalp, torso, palms and sole of feet. The disease is genetic which gets exaggerated by triggering factors or any bacterial infection like streptococcal infection or can be due to certain medications. The condition is characterized into 5 types, namely: Plaque, pustular, guttate, inverse and Erythrodermic psoriasis.
Symptoms can be generalized according to the type of psoriasis.
- Plaque psoriasis: The patches are silver or white coloured scales with the inflamed skin around. They typically appear on elbows, knees, scalp and back.
- Pustular psoriasis: The pustules appear as raised bumps filled with pus which is non-infectious commonly appearing on the hands and soles. In this type fever, nausea and muscle aches often appear.
- Guttate psoriasis: This type appears as numerous red or pink papules or drop like to raise patches covering mainly torso, scalp and the limbs. This type is particularly triggered by a streptococcal throat infection.
- Inverse psoriasis: This type particularly targets the skin folds around the genitals, armpits and between the abdominal folds. Exposure to heat or any injury or any kind of infection plays a trigger for this type.
- Erythrodermic psoriasis: This is characterized by inflammation and scraping of skin with severe pain, itching and swelling. The lesion appears tender and showing other signs of inflammation.
Another type of psoriasis which is quiet common known as seborrheic psoriasis which appears as red scaly scalp which occurs due to increased sebum production. These occur on forehead, nose, corners of mouth, on the chest above the sternum.
Other changes which can be seen are in the nails. The toe and finger nails show pits, whitening or fine capillary bleeding in the nail bed, discoloration or separation of the whole nail from the nail bed depending upon the severity of the condition.
There is no specific cure for psoriasis, but there are treatment options to control the condition.
The treatment varies according to the severity of the condition:
1. Topical corticosteroids creams help to control the itching and other symptoms.
2. Mineral oil and petroleum jelly like applications control the plaque formation and help in clearing from the skin.
3. Phototherapy helps in drying of lesions. UV lamps are designed in such a way to provide the required radiation of UV bandwidths.
BIM.A treatment for psoriasis
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