Updated: Nov 24, 2022
What is Psoriasis? It is a chronic autoimmune condition. It affects the skin, causing patches, rashes, silvery flakes and sometimes itchiness.
Why is this condition very necessary for your immediate attention? Because - the incidence rate of Psoriasis, over the past 5 years, has drastically increased to 2.8 % [ from 0.44 ] in India.
It commonly affects individuals in their 3rd and 4th decades, In which men are affected twice as much in severity and numbers as women.
However, it is Non Contagious, with varying severities. The severity varies with changes in season and weather.
Psoriasis Common Causes:
The exact cause for this condition is unknown, but is represented typically by thickening of skin cells due to quicker replacement of the same [ at a faster abnormal rate ] , which is thereby a problem associated with the immune system.
Normally , a new cell from the deeper layers of the skin take 3 to 4 weeks to to surface up, but in Psoriasis they surface up in 4 to 6 days.
Triggers being : Alcohol consumption, Smoking, Stress, Injury, Certain medications and Infections.
Mild Psoriasis can be treated with creams [ steroid based, coal-tar and moisturizers typically ], which help in reducing discomfort to the patient.
Severe forms are treated with Photo-Therapy. This treatment exposes the affected area to UV light , which helps in treating the condition, along with specific medication to help cure problems with your immune system [ that may lead to Psoriasis ]
Quality of Life in Psoriasis
Psoriasis , over and above being a severe physical medical condition, has a drastic impact on Quality of life.
Living in a world where aesthetics , social imagery and presentation are the rule of the day, patients with Psoriasis can be deeply affected emotionally and socially , stemming from their compromised physicality due to the condition.
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