Psoriasis
What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin disorder which is caused by overreactive immune system or rapid multiplication of skin cells followed by itching on the skin. They are seen as red and white patches on the skin. Psoriasis varies in severity from small, localised patch to complete body coverage.

What are the types of psoriasis?

There are many different types of psoriasis namely:

  • Pustular psoriasis
  • Inverse psoriasis
  • Napkin psoriasis
  • Guttate psoriasis
  • Seborrheic-like psoriasis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Nail changes
Which age group is usually affected?

Psoriasis can affect people between the age of 15-35yrs, although it can affect any age group. In about 10-15% it can be seen from the age of 10 years and some times in infants but it is a very rare condition. Psoriasis can vary from people to people and stress can worsen the condition.

Things to Know

There is no gender predilection but yes, it can be seen at any age. It is common in children than in adults. There can be sudden increase in this condition after the age of 30 years. It may be seen in between the age of 30-39 years and other between the age of 50-69 years.
Change in lifestyle can majorly contribute in improving this condition, one can live a healthy lifestyle like exercising, quit smoking, limiting the intake of alcohol, maintain a healthy weight, balanced and healthy diet.
There is no strong familial association found for psoriasis, however in some families the condition is seen more often.
No Psoriasis is not a contagious condition.
There are different types of medicine that can contribute to manage psoriasis. Oral medications that are given to treat it are Methotrexate, cyclosporine, Acitretin. All these medicines are to be ingested as directed by the physician.
Different types of treatment available for treating psoriasis are namely; Topical, Oral, Injectable medicines and Phototherapy All this can be used in combination or alone, as and when required depending upon the severity and the area involved in this condition.
Medicines have side effects and one must know the pros and cons of the treatment. Even the topical medicines can have systemic absorption and one must be very careful while prescribing these medicines. Since psoriasis is a chronic condition, medicines have to be used for a longer time, one gets tolerance to the medicines. Similarly systemic medicines like methotrexate, acitretin, can have Hepatotoxicity which is cumulative so one has to be very careful while handling these medicines. These medicines should be avoided specially in alcoholic patients because of hepatotoxicity. Otherwise this treatment is safe when proper instructions are followed.
Yes there are side effects of the treatment. Medicines have to be taken only when prescribed by the dermatologist, one should follow proper advice and routine investigation like LFT, Hematogram at regular intervals when these medicines are taken.
One must follow all the instructions as told by the dermatologist. One must visit the doctor at regular intervals to know the status of the condition.
Yes, there are chances for psoriasis to come back. There is no permanent cure for psoriasis it can only be controlled not be completely eradicated. So if the treatment is stoped the condition can come back.
According to Dr Shail Gupta, MD (renowned dermatologist). Psoriasis is long standing condition with a lot of emotional and social issues attached to it. People feel very much embarrassed, when the diseases involves exposed area which leads to depression sometimes. So the treatment needs has to have symptoms controlled with minimum medicine control and that is what we at Satya aim for, to treat psoriasis.
A prior consultation is required with the dermatologist to understand the need of the treatment. Medicines work hand in hand with the procedural treatments. Selection of the right treatment according to your needs is very much necessary. Knowing the downtime of the individual treatment and its outcome is equally important. After a thorough consultation , patient can opt for the treatment and can get it done after taking a prior appointment as per his/her availability.

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