Psoriasis is a common, chronic, genetic, systemic inflammatory disease that is characterized by symptoms and signs such as elevated itchy plaques of raised red skin covered with thick silvery scales. Psoriasis is usually found on the elbows, knees, and scalp but can often affect the legs, trunk, and nails. Psoriasis may be found on part of the skin.
Common signs and symptoms include: red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales. There is dryness of skin with cracks that may bleed. Itching, burning and soreness present at the affected parts. Joints are stiff and swollen. Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of dandruff-like scaling to major eruptions that cover large areas. Most types of psoriasis go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a time or even going into complete remission.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
The cause of psoriasis isn’t fully understood, but it’s thought to be related to an immune system problem in your body.
Psoriasis typically starts or worse because of a trigger that you might be able to identify and avoid such as: infections, such as strep throat or skin infection, smoking, vitamin D deficiency stress and heavy alcohol consumption.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR?
If you suspect that you may have psoriasis, see your doctor. Patient of psoriasis should always talk to your doctor if: it causes you discomfort and pain, causes you concern about the appearance of your skin and leads to joint problems, such as pain, swelling or inability to perform daily tasks.
Many persons tried to cure their psoriatic complaints with other conventional treatment, but they would simply like to reduce the symptoms by use of steroid creams. From the homoeopathic point of view we can approach treatment in different ways. We can treat the person as a whole and try to find a constitutional remedy with the aim of strengthening the physical condition. Overall at AVI homoeopathy we have good results with the treatment of psoriasis.