What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious, inflammatory skin condition in which the skin cells reproduce rapidly, causing red, dry patches of thickened skin. It affects 2-3% of the population. The most common type of psoriasis is psoriasis vulgaris, characterized by scaly, red skin mainly around the elbows, knees and scalp. Psoriasis may be mild to very severe, and tends to fluctuate periodically in its severity, sometimes even demonstrating extended periods of remission.
Psoriasis is characterized by patches of red or pink skin that are dry, raised and thick. It typically affects the elbows, knees and scalp, as well as other body areas. Psoriasis on the scalp appears as severe flaking dandruff and may be confused with seborrhea.
Despite ongoing research, the causes of psoriasis remain unknown. There is believed to be a genetic component, as psoriasis is often seen among family members. The immune system is also involved although researchers have yet to understand exactly how or why.
Due to its chronic nature and the mystery of its causes,psoriasis treatment natural can be difficult to treat, and the treatment plan will depend upon the severity of the rash, and its location on the body. There are various topical creams, ointments and sprays available to treat lesions, including moisturizers, mineral oils, corticosteroids and retinoids. Topical corticosteroids as short-term treatment are often effective, at least for a while. Overuse of high-potency steroids can lead to thinning of skin, internal side effects, treatment resistance, and even worsening of the psoriasis.