Here are some of the common Psoriasis Frequently Asked Questions FAQs answered
Frequently Asked Questions
Psoriasis Disease Treatment FAQs
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a long-standing disease affecting skin and/or joints
On skin it is represented by silvery white scaly itchy red raised irregular patches on different body parts.
On scalp it is presented as scaly dandruff on red raised irregular patches extending beyond your hair line.
On joints you get aches, pain , swelling, stiffness while moving the affected joint and over a long period of time your joints may change their shape which is called deformity.
What causes Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is immune mediated genetic disease that means because of some of the faulty genes in your body, your immune system is behaving in faulty manner and producing excessive skin in Psoriasis. Hence you are getting silver white colored scales on red raised irregular patches on the skin.
Why do I get so much scales in psoriasis?
Normally when there is no injury we get our new skin every 28 days. When we get an injury, in order to heal the injured site, our immune system activates healing mechanism where our new skin forms within 3 days. In Psoriasis due to faulty immune mechanisms your skin cycle is not restored to normal 28 days cycle instead of that you get new skin every 3 days at psoriasis lesion site which get piled up in the form of heavy scales.
Is Dandruff Psoriasis?
Not every dandruff is Psoriasis!!
A heavy dry dandruff can be because of Psoriasis!!
The Itchy ,red, raised, irregular patches with Silvery white scales on scalp which extend beyond hairline is definitely a Psoriasis!
Is psoriasis contagious?
Psoriasis is absolutely non communicable or not contagious
Who gets Psoriasis?
Psoriasis affects 0.5-2.8 per cent population in India, it commonly affects individuals in their 15 to 40 years of age with males being affected two times more common than females.
What triggers Psoriasis?
Psoriasis can be triggered by any injury, any infection, after vaccination, after tattooing on skin.
Sudden mental shock and emotional trauma can also trigger Psoriasis.
What are the risk factors for development of psoriasis?
- Family History of Psoriasis,
- Unhealthy eating Habits, Eating too much of junk food
- Night watching
- Insufficient sleep
- Unhealthy lifestyle
- Living in environmental pollution
- Addiction—Tobacco and Alcohol
Is psoriasis life threatening?
Erythrodermic psoriasis can be life threatening if patient goes in dehydration, and renal insufficiency.
In that case patient needs to be admitted in hospital to maintain fluid balance and control of infection
Is Psoriasis curable?
According to modern medicine Psoriasis is treatable but there is no cure as it has got tendency to recur when we stop the allopathic treatment.
What is the specialty of Psoriateat in the treatment of psoriasis?
Psoriatreat is INDIA’S first Homoeopathic Psoriasis Research center where lot of research on Psoriasis is going on. At Psoriatreat Psoriasis is treated with homoeopathic medicines which address the root cause of Psoriasis i.e. altered immune response.
After treating more than 25000 patients at Psoriatreat we have come to conclusion that although Modern Medicine does not have any hopeful outcome of treatment of psoriasis in the form of cure, with the help of Homoeopathic medicines Many patients remain well, without a single red raised irregular patch for many years (the highest reported interval being 15 years.)
What are the types of psoriasis?
Psoriasis affects skin on the different parts of body depending on their site Psoriasis is classified as
- Plaque Psoriasis
- Scalp Psoriasis
- Nail Psoriasis
- Plantar Psoriasis
- Inverse Psoriasis
- Guttate psoriasis
- Pustular Psoriasis
- Erythrodermic Psoriasis
- Psoriatic arthritis
If I get One type of psoriasis can I be affected by the other type of Psoriasis?
Yes, It is possible that you can get affected by more than one type of psoriasis
If I have Psoriasis do I get affected by Psoriatic arthritis?
Every patient of Psoriasis doesn’t get Psoriatic Arthritis by default.
The percentage of getting PSA after psoriasis = 30% of the Patients with psoriatic skin lesions develop Psoriatic arthritis.
Can Psoriasis change from one form to another?
Yes, psoriasis can change from one type to another depending on its extent of spread and trigger factors.
e.g. If a patient is having psoriasis limited to scalp, any trigger factor can cause it to spread on trunk (Red raised irregular patches of Plaque PS) , or on palms or soles (Plantar PS), or on joints ( PSA), or on fold areas of body like axilla, groins( Inverse PS) or all over body.
What determines severity of Psoriasis?
- The body surface area covered by Psoriatic lesions,
- The extent of itching, scaling, redness and discomfort caused due to Psoriasis,
- The quality of life of a patient suffering from psoriasis,
- The disability caused due to pain and itching of PS lesions
- All the above mentioned factors determine the severity of Psoriasis.
If I get joint pains while I have Psoriasis ,is it dangerous?
Getting joint pains when you have psoriasis doesn’t always mean that you have Psoriatic arthritis.
If you get joint pain along with stiffness while moving the affected joint and frequent swelling of the affected joint, you need to go for investigations to rule out other causes of joint swelling.
After proper investigations we can come to conclusion of PSA.
What are the risk factors of developing PSA?
- No exercise at all
- Sedentary life style
- Stressful lifestyle
- Insufficient sleep
- Unhealthy food habits
- Family history of Psoriasis
Is PSA dangerous?
Although Psoriatic arthritis is not life threatening, if left untreated can lead to joint pains, swelling and joint deformities over a period of time which further can undermine quality of life of patient and brings on a crippled state. It needs to be treated in time.
Is PSA curable?
There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis, still with the help of change in lifestyle and regular exercise and physiotherapy, healthy diet along with pain management with medicines a patient can lead a good quality life.
Do psoriasis run in families?
If you have strong family history of Psoriasis that means you have genetic predisposition to get Psoriasis but only 30% of such people get psoriasis.70% of people although they have family history of psoriasis do not suffer from Psoriasis.
Why do I get Psoriasis when my mother and father are not having Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is not because of single gene defect. A combination of more than 5-6 genes is necessary for manifestation of psoriasis in an Individual
Suppose your mother has 3 defective genes and father has 4 defective genes for Psoriasis. They both do not manifest the disease that means they do not have Psoriasis but if these all genes are unfortunately combined in you, you are going to suffer from Psoriasis.
If I have Psoriasis will My child get Psoriasis?
If one parent is having Psoriasis the possibility of his/her child getting psoriasis is 16.6%
If both the parents have psoriasis the possibility of their child getting psoriasis is 50%
If both the parents don’t have psoriasis the possibility of their child getting psoriasis is 10% but from that only 3% get Psoriasis.
What are the treatments available for psoriasis?
In modern medicine Psoriasis is treated with external topical applications, immunity modulating drugs and injections, laser therapy, ultraviolet rays, biologic drug injections.
Natural Sciences like Homoeopathy and Ayurveda, Acupressure therapy also have treatment for Psoriasis.
Will Psoriasis be cured without any Treatment?
It is very rare, almost 1 patient in 1,00,000 cases get spontaneous remission and cure of Psoriasis of his own.
What will Happen if I don’t take treatment of Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a disfiguring disease. Until It is on scalp, inside the hairline patient can hide it but once it spreads beyond hairline it becomes visible.
Many patient whose psoriasis is on trunk and who can hide the red raised irregular patches and who don’t get itching or discomfort due to these lesions, they do not opt for treatment.
Since Psoriasis lesions are otherwise incurable without any treatment ,they go on spreading and excessive itching and scaling then becomes difficult to control, it is advisable that Psoriasis should be treated when it first occurs. Untreated skin lesions of Psoriasis can land the patient in erythrodermic condition which then becomes a medical emergency.
What are the symptoms of Psoriasis?
- White silvery red raised irregular patches on trunk or scalp or extremities, behind and inside external ears, axilla, groins, genitals,
- Pitting of nails/yellow nails/thick and deformed nails.
- Dandruff in scalp not better by any antidandruff shampoo
- Itching on the red raised irregular patches
- Burning after itching
- Bleeding after itching
- Scales fall off in the form of dandruff.
- Rough, dry palms or soles or fingers or toes with thickened skin in patchy areas with cracks and bleeding
How to control Psoriasis without medicines?
- An unhealthy lifestyle triggers Psoriasis
- A healthy food
- Plenty of water
- A good sleep
- Regular exercise
- De stressing body and mind with Meditation
- Helps to prevent and control psoriasis.
Do I need to take medicines of psoriasis life long?
Psoriasis is an incurable disorder according to modern science. As long as you take modern medicines the lesions are controlled , sometimes they vanish , but as you stop their medicines you start getting new lesions or sometimes old lesions also increase in intensity and size so overall there is increase in sufferings after leaving the treatment. So if you think logically for modern medicine Psoriasis is incurable and continuous ongoing treatment is needed.
If you take homoeopathic treatment can you cure Psoriasis?
- Homoeopathic treatment is addressed at correcting the constitutional defects. It cures the abnormal vulnerability of any human being for particular disease so the treatment is aimed at correcting the individual’s tendency to get certain disease.
- Same is true for treatment of patients suffering from Psoriasis.
- At Psoraitreat We have seen more than 25000 cases of Psoriasis. Each and every patient’s record is kept meticulously . Photographs of each month’s consultation are taken are analyzed in order to see the progress. At Psoriatreat we have the largest and authentic data of photographs of patients of Psoriasis.
- While the research on Psoriasis is going on , at Psoriatreat we have found that some patients are cured of their Psoriasis that means for more than 3 years they remained without a single lesion of Psoriasis on their body as well as scalp. The largest reported Psoriasis free interval is 15 years.
- In many patients the Psoriasis got better upto 70-80% but then the condition of 20-30% of lesions remained same. It doesn’t become worse. For these patients Psoriasis is well controlled, and treatment is ongoing.
- It has been seen that while treating Psoriasis with homoeopathy ,the patient feels better but, due to some trigger factors if their Psoriasis gets relapsed the lesions are less severe than the previous and get under control immediately when he takes proper homoeopathic medicines.
- In a Nutshell we can say that homoeopathy has a positive outcome with regards to cure and control of Psoriasis.
How to manage the stress and embarrassment of Psoriasis?
ACCEPTANCE is the key to manage stress due to Psoriasis.
Usually psoriasis patient suffers from lot of shame, embarrassment, lack of self confidence, and depressed mood.
When managed properly, Psoriasis is not a deadly disease which endangers life of a patient.
The disfigurement is only the matter of embarrassment but if you make yourself aware that these skin lesions are only your excess skin and nothing else, if you accept yourself then you don’t feel shyness for this.
Spreading awareness in family and friends and society regarding Psoriasis so that people get insight about this disorder & then they stop giving mental trauma to the sufferer by stigmatizing the patient.
So overall awareness regarding disease in patient as well as his acquaintances makes it more comfortable for patients to be in society.