Psoriasis skin disease is a condition in which the body produces skin cells faster than normal. Excess skin cells build up and form dry, scaly patches which itch and are sometimes painful. There are several different types of the condition and you can follow the link to learn about the different psoriasis types.
The condition usually begins during the late teen years or early adulthood. It’s a chronic condition with no real cure, but there are treatments that can relieve uncomfortable symptoms. If you’re wondering what psoriasis looks like, here are more pictures.
Psoriasis skin disease has been linked to many other conditions, some of them quite serious. Having psoriasis doesn’t mean you’ll get any of these conditions, but since you are at higher risk for them, you should discuss your risk factors with your doctor and, when possible, take steps to reduce your risk. For instance, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly can reduce your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
Perhaps the information people want most about psoriasis is how to treat it. Since the condition can cause considerable discomfort and can have a significant impact on a person’s life, that’s understandable. If you suffer from psoriasis, you have a number of treatment options.
Topical treatments - These often include salicylic acid or corticosteroids, to reduce the redness, swelling and inflammation of psoriasis, along with other ingredients to relieve itching and discomfort and help skin heal.
Oral, injected and intravenous medications - Oral, injected and intravenous medications, including retinoids, methotrexate, cyclosporine and others, are used for severe cases of psoriasis or when topical treatments don’t work. They carry the risk of pretty severe side effects, however.
Phototherapy - Controlled exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (UVB) can help with psoriasis.
Natural treatments - Many people prefer natural treatments for psoriasis, in part because they generally carry much less risk of side effects. You can read about homeopathic remedies for psoriasis and learn about home remedy options by following these links. We’d also like to tell you about our favorite natural treatment for psoriasis, which contains ingredients like jojoba oil, peppermint oil, magnesium oxide and zinc oxide, in addition to salicylic acid. Together, the combination of ingredients reduces redness and inflammation while also relieving itching and discomfort. Follow this link to learn more about Terrasil Psoriasis Therapy Cream.
For more information on psoriasis skin disease, talk to your doctor or make an appointment with a dermatologist, a doctor that specializes in skin disorders. You can also contact the National Psoriasis Foundation. And as always, feel free to email us if you have any questions and we’ll do our best to help or refer you to the right place to get the information you need.
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