Psoriasis is a disease where skin cells run amok. Normally the skin renews itself in about 24 days which is the time taken by skin cells to work their way from the inner most layer to the surface of the skin. However in cases of Psoriasis the cells reach the surface in just 3-4 days. This causes a huge cluster of thick skin flakes to accumulate on the surface of the skin giving rise to typical appearance in psoriatic lesions.
Although most cases of psoriasis flare-up in winters, summer flare-ups are not uncommon. Summer flare ups are commonly found in people who are allergic to the sun and UV radiation.
Symptoms of Psoriasis
The psoriasis symptoms differ from person to person and depend on the type of psoriasis. The most common symptoms are
• Red, raised and inflamed lesions
• Silvery white scales
• Small reddish pink spots (seen in children and young adults)
• Dry skin that easily cracks and bleeds
Itching – Psoriasis Itch is the principal and the most bothersome complaint amongst psoriasis patients. This was confirmed by a survey conducted by the National Psoriasis Foundation. Most patients who participated in the survey were of the opinion that if the itch were to be removed they would be at much ease with the disease. The itching is severe enough to cause sleep disturbances, inability to concentrate and mental depression. In addition, the trauma caused due to itching leads to new lesions. Psoriasis patients often have difficulty finding a suitable remedy for their itch. And often the kind of medicines that are required to curb the itching causes drowsiness.
• Burning and Soreness of skin
• Pitting & discoloration of nails
• Painful swollen joints
Not every person will experience all of the above symptoms. Some people may have fewer symptoms depending on the type & severity of their psoriasis.