Are those itchy, scaly, red Psoriasis lesions having an impact on your well-being?
Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease that causes abnormal production of skin cells.
Though the exact cause of psoriasis is still unclear, it is believed that it might be something that triggers the immune system leading to a quick reproduction of skin cells.
Generally, skin cells grow deep in the skin and slowly rise to the surface. However, in psoriasis the cell rise really quickly and pile up on the surface.
These patches are found on face, palms, elbows, knees and soles of the feet. But sometimes they are also found in places such as fingernails, toe nails and inside the mouth.
There are many effective psoriasis treatment choices. The treatment is decided on the basis of severity of the disease, the extent of areas involved, the type of psoriasis or the patient’s response to initial treatments.
This is called the “1-2-3” approach.
Step 1 involves the usage of topical applications, which work by reducing inflammation and sloughing of dead skin
Step 2 focuses on sun light and UV therapies – When exposed to UV rays in sunlight or artificial light, the activated T cells in the skin die. This slows down the skin cell turnover and reduces scaling and inflammation. Although daily doses of small amounts of sun exposure may improve the skin, intense sun exposure can worsen symptoms and damage the skin.
Step 3 involves oral medications and immune-modulating drugs.
Often individual treatments provide relief but are seldom strong enough to clear lesions over the long term. A combination approach is therefore considered to be treatment of choice.
Effects of psoriasis treatments also can be unpredictable; what works well for one person might be ineffective for someone else. Psoriasis should be faced with a measure of equanimity. When a new patch is noted, it is no cause for fear, for treatment can rid you of it and a cleared patch is no cause for celebration, as a new lesion can occur there or elsewhere someday. The focus is to keep psoriasis from coming in the way of your routine, livelihood and quality of life with the means available.
Many systems of medicine have effective treatments for psoriasis to the point of inducing remissions, but none can cure it as matters stand today. Be wary of quacks in the real world and online who promise you what you wish to believe and love to hear.
Dr. Pranjal Shamsher is the first Skin Doctor in Bangalore to offer natural, non-surgical and non-invasive treatments for skin disorders. With over 27 years of experience in the field of Skin and Dermatology, Dr. Pranjal Shamsher has devised a unique Multi-Therapy approach involving the use of several therapies at the same, to treat the most stubborn, obstinate and long-standing skin disorders with a skin-friendly and 100% side-effect free results. Her integrated and Multi-Therapy approach has helped many chronic disease sufferers to recover safely without any side-effects.