Monday, March 23, 2009

Understanding Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a disease that has made American dermatologists and also dermatologists in the rest of the world work overtime. In the US alone, more than seven million people are suffering from psoriasis, a chronic ailment that affects people of any age as well as either gender. According to latest research findings, psoriasis is generally caused when the liver malfunctions and it also occurs due to immune system dysfunction.

Psoriasis can often lead to development of red colored patches on the skin that are referred to as plaques and which are normal symptoms of this disease. Of course, besides such visible symptoms, there are also other invisible symptoms – typically leading to much discomfort as well as pain and itchiness is also one of these invisible symptoms. Furthermore, the disease leads to lowered mobility in the joints and of course people also report suffering from emotional misery as well.

According to research studies meant to discover the causes of this disease it has been found that T-cells in the person’s blood become overactive and therefore lead to excessive production of skin cells which in turn results in plaques – a common symptom of psoriasis.

The best way to treat this condition is to symptomatically destroy the excess production of T-cells and typically this involves using UV light that is very effective and will do the job more effectively than any other method. This method of destroying the excess T-cells is known as Apoptosis and is often recommended by most doctors.

However, you also have the option of choosing an alternative therapy to do the job that can involve taking of Dead Sea salts and using soaps that contain a high amount of salt and even trying out purging of liver treatments can prove to be effective in treating psoriasis. However, these methods have not as yet been proven to be successful in removing the symptoms.

Psoriasis can lead to people feeling tired very easily and pain is another common complaint and when the alternative treatment methods do not provide immediate relief most patients per force must turn to medications to cure the symptoms.

Scalp psoriasis is one of the four different types of psoriasis though it is fortunately not a life threatening condition. However, it is a disease that is known to affect millions of people in the whole world and can affect a person in varying degrees of severity ranging from mild to moderate to severe to very severe. It also can lead to psychological distress as well.

1 comment:

  1. A number of treatment options can help in controlling the symptoms of scalp psoriasis. The treatment is aimed at relieving the signs and symptoms and controlling flare-ups. It includes the use of topical medications, medicated shampoos and phototherapy.
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