Psoriasis is a skin disorder characterized by thick, red patches of skin covered by white or silvery scales. It usually appears between the ages of 20 to 30, and tends to run in families. It is not infectious, and may manifest in alternating periods when the psoriasis goes into remission and when it becomes worse. Psoriasis, even in mild cases, may cause severe embarrassment, shame, and social isolation. It cannot kill, but it may ruin people’s lives.
The causes of psoriasis are not yet fully known, but the disorder is associated with:
• Overproduction of new skin cells (10 times faster than normal), leading to buildup of live cells (the cause of thickened patches) and profuse shedding of the outer skin layer
• Combination of factors, including heredity, stress, the period after physical illness or infection, certain medication
• Impaired use of hands or feet
• Arthritis (inflammation of the joints), in sever cases
• Depression due to low self-esteem
What you can do
By knowing the triggers of psoriasis would help you prevent it to occur often.
• Avoid over sun exposure. Use sunblock lotion when going out on a sunny day.
• Drink plenty of water. A natural way to rejuvenate your skin.
• Moisturize your skin. Put lotion after taking a bath.
• Apply petroleum jelly to affected areas.
• Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. It may decrease the effectiveness of treatments.
• Learn to manage stress. Meditate or do some routine exercises.
• Follow a healthy lifestyle. Eat vegetables and fruits that could help to replenish your skin. Keep a healthy body weight.
• A sun (ultraviolet) lamp is an alternative, but it is best to consult your doctor about its use.
If you suspect psoriasis, consult your doctor to help control the disorder.