You have probably heard of the word psoriasis before, if not you may be researching to see if this is something you potentially have, so what exactly is it? Psoriasis is a rather common skin condition that is known for it’s irritating red, flaky and crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales – not pleasant at all!
These itchy and unsightly patches usually appear on your elbows, knees, scalp and lower back, but can appear anywhere on your body. Most people are only affected with somewhat small patches and the condition can even go unnoticed! In some cases, the patches can be itchy or sore and it is very common to mistaken psoriasis for dandruff.
Why does psoriasis happen?
Psoriasis occurs because some people are unlucky enough to suffer from an increased production of skin cells.
Usually, when it comes to the skin cell renewal process the cells are made and replaced every three to four weeks, but if you suffer from psoriasis then this process only lasts about three to seven days which is a severe drop from the three-four weeks. This super fast renewal of the skill cells is what leaves you with a build-up of skin cells and this is what creates the red, itchy and scaly patches known as psoriasis.
Although the process of psoriasis isn’t completely understood yet, it isn’t selective and can affect anyone from men, children and women alike. Research has suggested that it could be related to an immune system issue. Your immune system defends your body against harmful organisms, bacteria, disease and infection, but for those who suffer with psoriasis, it launches an attack on healthy skin cells in error.
Psoriasis has been found in many cases to run in families, although the exact role that genetics plays in causing psoriasis is still somewhat unclear and there is no hard evidence to back this theory yet. Psoriasis isn’t contagious, so it can’t be spread from person to person.
How to treat psoriasis
Vitamin D cream – Vitamin D cream is a popular treatment for the condition and can help to ease and sooth the skin significantly.
Natural oils – Natural oils such as jojoba and argon oil have been used to treat skin conditions for centuries due to their natural healing properties.
Phototherapy – If you don’t get anywhere with the above treatments, or your condition is very severe, you can embark upon a treatment called phototherapy. Phototherapy involves exposing your skin to certain types of ultraviolet light in a bid to stop the rapid production of new skin cells.
Oral medication – If no treatments work and the condition is affecting your life, your doctor may prescribe you oral medication or cream to combat the condition.
If you think you may have psoriasis the best thing you can do is to get it diagnosed by a doctor then begin a course of treatment, which is suitable with your lifestyle. Don’t suffer with this condition in silence.