Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease that itches and irritates. It is sometimes painful. In severe cases, the pain can be very stinging and burning.
Psoriasis is similar to eczema in certain aspects. In spite of their numerous similarities, each infection has unique traits. These distinctive traits allow each to be accurately diagnosed.
Eczema rashes are more likely to occur inside joints i.e. inside the elbows and behind the knees. Psoriatic infections are more likely to be outside the joints i.e. outside the elbows and in front of the knees.
Eczema rashes are just as flat as the rest of the normal, healthy skin. Psoriatic patches are slightly raised above the surrounding healthy skin. The elevation is experienced as a slight bump or inflammation.
Eczema rashes do not have any definite edges. They tend to be spread out, over a fairly large surface. Psoriatic patches occur within clear-cut edges.
Eczema rashes appear bleached. They look lighter than the rest of the skin. Psoriatic rashes tend to be red. Psoriatic plaques are red patches, covered with silvery-white scales.
Psoriasis can occur on any body
part. Severe cases cover the entire body. The most frequently affected body
parts include: the elbows, knees, face, palms of hand, soles of feet, scalp,
genitals, toenails, fingernails, trunk, lower back and skin folds.
Treatment of Psoriasis
You can treat your conditions with one of the five main techniques: systemic agents, biologics, topical agents, alternative therapy and phototherapy. The treatment technique, which your doctor chooses, is a function of the severity of your condition.
Your doctor classifies the severity of your condition, using PASI (Psoriasis Area Severity Index).
Severity on the PASI scale ranges from 0 to 72. 0 is the lowest value. 0 indicates the complete absence of psoriasis. 72 is the highest value. It indicates the severity of the maximal intensity.
The parameters factored into the PASI scale include: proportion of body surface affected, the impact of the infection on your lifestyle, response to previous therapy and intensity of infection (thickness, scaling, plaque redness).
Psoriatic patches are considered more intense, if they fail to respond to less potent treatment methods.
The severity of psoriatic patches is elevated, if the infection causes you to make significant changes in your lifestyle. For example, debilitating itching might cause you to interrupt your normal work schedule.
Psoriatic infections could also lead to depression. Sometimes, the depression is not a product of the pathological infection; rather the emotional stress brought about by the societal reaction to your condition.
Often, infected people suddenly discover that, other people consciously avoid them. In some cases, psoriatic patients are shunned from society. Psoriasis is not contagious. But people are not exactly medical experts i.e. they are not aware of this fact.
The proportion of body surface infected is the predominant determinant of severity.
The infection is considered mild, if less than 3% of the body surface is affected. The infection is considered moderate, if more than 3% but less than 10% of the body surface is affected. The infection is considered severe, if more than 10% of the body surface is affected.
Severe psoriatic infections are treated with biologics and systemic agents.
Biologics and systemic agents are prescription medication (drugs, pills, liquids) that can be consumed orally or injected. There are three types of systemic agents: methotrexate, cyclosporine and retinoids.
Methotrexate and cyclosporine are immunosuppressants. Immunosuppressants are drugs that suppress the effectiveness of the immune system. Retinoids are simple pharmaceutical forms of vitamin A.
Biologics are a special form of immunosuppressants. Biologics do not suppress the entire immune mechanism; rather, they focus on the specific immune-mediated processes that lead to psoriasis.
Moderate psoriatic infections are treated with phototherapy.
Phototherapy involves the use of ultraviolet A light (UVA) and ultraviolet B light (UVB) to treat psoriatic patches. Ultraviolet light works by penetrating the skin and slowing down the reproduction of new skin cells.
UVB effectively treats psoriatic infection on its own. UVA cannot treat psoriatic infections on its own. In order for UVA to be effective in psoriatic treatments, it must be combined with psoralen, a topical cream. This combination is known as PUVA (psoralen + UVA).
Mild and moderate psoriatic infections are treated with topical agents.
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