Psoriasis Pictures | Natural Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis pictures can't convey the real embarrassment and irritation that sufferers are going through. Below, we have a few psoriasis pictures as well as a description of various types of psoriasis and the treatments available for them.

What  Is Psoriasis?

Nearly eight million people in the U.S. alone suffer from psoriasis. It is a chronic disease that is still only partially understood by scientists and researchers. By looking at the i(pictures of psoriasis) you can see that it affects the skin and also at times the nails whose symptoms include red inflamed skins covered by white scales, which flakes easily.

psoriasis elbowEleven percent of those diagnosed with psoriasis have also been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. This is a type of arthritis that usually occurs with psoriasis of the skin. In most cases, this type of arthritis is mild and involves only a few joints - usually those at the end of the fingers or toes.

Many people conflate psoriasis with eczema. This mainly because both have similar symptoms - skin rashes, scales on the skin, and severe redness of the skin. But they really are two distinct conditions.

What is common between them, however, is that both are triggered by an immune systems response that causes the skin to flare up. This makes psoriasis an autoimmune disease. White blood cells flood to the area of the skin that they believe is under attack.  This sudden and mass migration is what causes the reaction on the skin.

Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the country with an estimated that about 2.2 percent of American adults have been diagnosed with it, and many more who have it but are undiagnosed. And researchers have been working for years to discover exactly what it is that triggers the autoimmune reaction. Then they would be able to develop better treatments to combat it.  Currently, the most effective treatment seems to be trying to slow down the body's immune system so that it doesn't react so fast. Additionally, they try to slow down the replication of the skin cells that have been infected with the scales.

Psoriasis is not just limited to appearing on one section of the body. It can appear all over. But, it mostly affects the arms,  elbows, legs - particularly the  knees, buttocks and trunk. And although is can affect the face and scalp - it does so rarely. Sometimes you will find psoriasis affecting your fingernails and toenails with symptoms like ridges down the nails, yellowish spots, white color pits and thickness to the nail's edge.

Psoriasis Of The Scalp

psoriasis headPsoriasis anywhere on the body is not pretty. But it is especially embarrassing when it appears anywhere on the face or head where everyone naturally looks first. However, there are a number of psoriasis scalp treatments that are available on the market to help those who have psoriasis of the scalp.

As you might expect, the majority of the treatment options for psoriasis are topical and not drugs that you have to take internally. This makes them both convenient and keeps the costs in a pretty reasonable range. As a result, you will usually be able to treat psoriasis without putting a strain on financial situations and with the various products available it's feasible to try several until you find one that works for you.  Some of the choices include lotions, creams and hair cleansing products. Many of the treatments are in shampoo  form. These shampoos are medicated with salicylic acid will greatly help loosen scales from the scalp, making it easy to remove them.

psoriasis guttate faceSome doctors, depending on the severity of the psoriasis, will prescribe topical steroids to treat the condition. Things like cortisone creams will help to slow the growth of skin cells while limiting the inflammation and swelling that is left behind by psoriasis. Something that works in a  similar manner is a treatment called Dovonex which is thought to help regulate skin cell growth to a rate that is more manageable so other topical solutions will be more effective. But, you will want to talk to a doctor to find out which additional treatment will be best to use with Dovonex. that is because some products will render Dovonex ineffective. Another product that many psoriasis suffers use is a gel called Tazorac. Tazorac is an effective psoriasis scalp treatment which should help to decelerate the growth of scalp tissue.

Sometimes, topical solutions are simply not enough. In this case, oral medications may need to be prescribed, which can be used in conjunction with topical treatments or used alone, depending on what your doctor feels you need. This type of  scalp treatment for psoriasis is generally only administered when topical solutions have not been effective.

As with any product of this type, when using them keep in mind that they should be used as directed in order for them to have their greatest effect. Also, when using topical psoriasis scalp treatment options like shampoos, to be gentle on the scalp and do not rub too hard. This can irritate the infected area, leaving more to treat than before.

At the same time as being gentle, make sure you use the topical psoriasis scalp treatment as directed and rub the shampoos into your scalp, not just your hair. Your best bet is to treat yourself with the psoriasis scalp treatment under the supervision of a doctor for the first time, to make sure you understand how to effectively use it. Once you have the hang of it, you are sure to find relief in the treatments you and your doctor have decided upon.

Psoriasis On The Body

psoriasis guttate bodyPsoriasis affects areas of the body other than the scalp. The image on the right depicts guttate psoriasis of the arms and chest area.  This is not a very common type of psoriasis. And it usually appears when the patient has been attacked by a strep infection.

Natural Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis is a metabolic disease so some nutrition experts believe that you should follow a regular diet with lots of fruits, fresh vegetables, fruit juices, boiled bitter gourds, and curd.

In addition, researchers have recommended beta-carotene, omega-3, fatty acids, folate and zinc to be nutritional factors for reducing psoriasis. Soluble fiber such as pectin, guar gum, and psyllium are very useful for binding toxins. However, you should also eat things like flaxseed oils, folic acids [present in Brussels, spinach, bok choy, beets, chick peas, turkey, peas, oranges], omega-3 [present in salmon, trout, tuna, mackerel, sardines and herring.

Homeopathy Remedies For Plaque Psoriasis

There are some miraculous homeopathic medicines for treatment of psoriasis like arsenicum album, graphites, calcarea carbonica, mezereum, mercurius solubilis, sepia, staphysagria, sulphur and rhus toxicodendron that remedies psoriasis effectively within a very short time.

Other Natural remedies

psoriasis knucklesSometimes psoriasis will affect a small area of the body such as the knuckles on he hand, finger tips, or the soles of the feet.

You can use essential oils like avocado oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, cashew nut oil, Vitmain E and buttermilk as homemade remedies to reduce psoriasis.

Common Psoriasis Symptoms

1. Raised and thickened patches of reddish skin, called "plaques,". These  are typically are covered by silvery-white scales.
2. These red patches most often appear on the elbows, knees, scalp, chest, and lower back. But, they can occasionally appear anywhere on the body, including the genital area.
3. Plaques vary in size and can appear as distinct patches or join together to cover a large area.

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