Everyone wants to live a happy and comfortable life. However, very few do something to contribute to healthy living which prolongs life. That is why many suffer from different diseases that are as a result of the lifestyle we live today. But what if such diseases and conditions were to be prevented, controlled and treated? We go back to living comfortably and taking care of ourselves and being like other normal beings.
Many people are currently treating different disorders- psoriasis being the major one. Psoriasis is a World Wide skin disorder. You perhaps are scared to get out of the house with your best dress due to your skin disorder. Today, you will know that there is nothing embarrassing about having psoriasis. Research that was carried out in the U.S in 2012 shows that out of 7.5 million, 2.2% of the populations have this skin disorder.
Research done by the World Psoriasis Day consortium shows that 3% of the total population in the World has psoriasis. These numbers have raised concern Worldwide. Scientists have done comprehensive research on how psoriasis can be treated. Luckily, there are several ways to treat this skin disorder. All you need to do is stay positive and maintain a good look. You need to take the initial step to treating psoriasis and get to swim again in the public without any fears.
But first, knowing everything about psoriasis will give you an insight on how to treat it, its symptoms and the right medications for you.
What is psoriasis and how do you know you have it?
Many of you know psoriasis as a skin condition but do not know its cause. Psoriasis is a chronic, long-term but treatable skin condition. You do not have to hold back anymore as you know your condition is treatable.
Skin is the largest organ and plays important role in the body. Skin cells are expected to grow and after about 4 weeks, they shed off and new ones develop. This is a never ending process and helps to maintain your skin. But if you have psoriasis, skin cells do not wait until 4 weeks to shed off. The new skin cells grow and rapidly move to the surface of the skin before the others shed off. The accumulation of the skin cells leads to formation of thick patches popularly known as plaques. The patches on the skin might be small or large.
Symptoms and Signs of Psoriasis
Symptoms of psoriasis manifest in different ways depending on the type of disorder you are suffering from. There are different types of psoriasis with differing symptoms and signs. The most popular psoriasis is plaque and others include guttate, scalp, inverse, nail and erythrodermic psoriasis.
Signs of plaque psoriasis
• They appear as patches on the skin- may be 1 centimeter or more.
• Plaques appear in a round shape
• Splitting and bleeding of affected area- palms, feet or joints
• The affected area appears to be smooth and is red in color
• The affected area develops thin and silvery white scales.
Someone with plaque psoriasis is more likely to have arthritis, pustular or erythrodermic psoriasis. Signs that you are suffering from arthritis psoriasis are accompanied by joint inflammations along with other arthritis symptoms. If plaque psoriasis is not treated, it could turn to pustular psoriasis. The symptoms are a bit unfriendly. The affected area becomes red in color and tends to contain pus.
If you notice any change in your nails and suddenly they begin to have pits, you could be developing nail psoriasis. The nails tend to discolor and separate themselves from the nail bed.
Psoriasis tends to spread to different parts of the body- the legs, elbows, palm of the hands, arms, back, scalp among others. Psoriasis can develop at any age but mostly begins between ages of 15-25. It is not associated with any gender- both male and female can be affected. Wondering if you should stay away from your friend if you have psoriasis? This skin disorder is not contagious.
What about children, are they spared of psoriasis? Well, this skin disorder manifests itself differently in children. Symptoms are a bit friendly; plaques are not thick and tend not to be scaly. Normally, they appear in diaper area. Are you wondering if children can survive with such a condition? Yes, we have celebrities who had psoriasis since they were 2 years of age. This is to say that this disorder does not stop anyone from living his/her life.
Symptoms of psoriasis
Early signs of psoriasis are not easy to notice and occur in the early stages. Perhaps you noticed a rash developing on your palm and thought it was a pimple. After a week, the affected area has changed and is red in color, looks like a patch, scales have developed and you feel the need to scratch yourself.
During its early stages, you will notice a rash, skin becomes tender and itchy and the affected area appears to be red in color.
How Do You Get Psoriasis?
We tend to rely so much on hearsay, misleading information and unproven concepts. Just because you heard from a friend, you completely stop taking a meal because it causes this and that. Maybe you have been thinking that it is your make-up or cream that caused psoriasis. You stopped using it; your condition gets worse and what next? Did you take time to look at symptoms of psoriasis? Here is the true cause of psoriasis:
This skin disorder is mostly attributed to having a weak immune system. One thing you need to do is to watch out for your immune system. Take good foods to boost your immune system. You realize that with a weak immune system, germs cannot be killed and body does not function properly. But if your immune is working properly, the white blood cells will fight germs and infections from injuries. So how does psoriasis come about? With your immune system not working properly, two types of white blood cells are produced: B-cell and T-cells. B-cells shorten the life of normal skin cells by producing antibodies that play a role in its distractions.
The T- cells on the other hand enhance the rate of protein synthesis known as cytokine. Cytokine tends to interfere with the signals that control the rate at which new cells are produced. This explains why new skin cells are rapidly developed before the 4-week period for the initial ones to shed off. Several layers of skin develop in form of patches, the rate at which blood flows increase due to the need to nourish the skin which eventually leads to reddening of the affected area.
In some cases, cause of psoriasis is associated with family histories. Research shows that from 5 people suffering from psoriasis, his/her relative had this disorder. If your parents have this disorder, you have 50% chance of developing it at some point. The risk risk reduces to 10% if one of your parents has it. Either way, it is important that you treat psoriasis.
Is psoriasis painful?
Pain is something that is difficult to control. Age and gender does not matter when it comes to manifestations of symptoms of psoriasis. This skin disorder can be extremely painful and as a result, make your life difficult, affecting your interaction with your family, friends and the world around you.
How do symptoms of psoriasis cause pain?
Psoriasis affects the skin- the most sensitive organ of the body. During early stages, the affected area appears to be a rash causing one to scratch himself/herself which is quite painful and uncomfortable. The affected area begins to itch which is very painful and cannot be controlled.
The affected area- joints, elbows, hands tend to split and crack leading to a lot of bleeding. This limits you from being fully free especially during the night. A slight touch on the area could result to bleeding or pus from oozing. This is not something you want to sleep on every night, instead, treat it. This is the only way to manage the pain. And with the advancement in the medicine sector, there are better, effective and safer options to managing such a disorder.
Psoriasis arthritis common in the aged affects the joints leading to swelling and its stiffness. It is painful for the aged to deal with such swellings and stiffness of the joints limiting their motion.
Psoriasis affects the most important parts of your body- hands and legs. If the affected area happens to be the hands, your daily activities are extremely affected. For instance, if you are a typewriter, you will be unable to write, the pain you feel on the hands cannot be controlled. This could result to you quitting due to lost productivity. Psoriasis affecting legs makes your life difficult: you cannot wear shoes comfortably which means you cannot blend with others.
Psoriasis is a disorder that can be treated and its pain managed. With genuine experts and doctors, it is possible to get the best treatment to psoriasis. The first bold step you need to take is learning about psoriasis, its cause and how to treat it. Psoriasis awareness is being spread round the globe with its special day being October 29th. You should come out to tell the World how you have been dealing with psoriasis and how you have controlled it.