Psoriasis - What You Need to Know

Psoriasis - What You Need to Know


Generally, the attitude towards itchy skin is that of negligence and at best, heavy scratch. If this occurs on private parts, people are all the more negligent. Very few recognize that this could mean long term loss and also developing a disease called Psoriasis.

Psoriasis is an auto immune disease that acts on skin. It is a condition whereby the immune system of the body sends out wrong signals resulting in an unbroken chain of cell creation and growth rate. These appear to us as red patches on the skin with an itchy feeling and covered at the perimeter by white dead cells. The real problem is that it appears with other accompanying problems such as diabetes, heart issues or depression. The skin also bleeds occasionally and leaves powdery substance on the clothes. However, people choose not to talk about it due to embarrassment.

By large, the causes of this disease remain unknown. Due to this lack of awareness, one usually has to bear public brunt and thus chooses to keep it under wraps. This disease also has a psychological angle to it and people find it hard to have fruitful relationships. Severe anxiety and depression follow this disease. Increased research has shown that when major diseases such as arthritis, kidney diseases exist, Psoriasis also develops side by side. So far, having this disease has not shown fatal signs. Though life is not threatened, one should recognize the impact on way of life. The good thing is that this condition is not contiguous.

In case you notice the above symptoms, consult a dermatologist immediately. Alongside, maintain a healthy lifestyle by watching your diet, hygiene and dress. Salt water baths once a month prove to be immensely helpful in preventing skin diseases.

Since 2004, Doctors have seen an increase in the number of reported cases. The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations recently estimated that a 125 million people around the world (or 3 percent of the world’s population) suffer from Psoriasis.

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad