Severe Psoriasis: Psoriasis Symptoms & Treatments

By Ethan Chris
Updated March 25, 2015
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Severe Psoriasis: Psoriasis Symptoms & TreatmentsSevere psoriasis is something that affects many people around the world. Psoriasis is a common skin disorder. This skin condition is not contagious, but sufferers can increase the risks of other health ailments, such as diabetes or heart conditions. Psoriasis is a condition where one's skin becomes red, irritated, and becomes flaky or scale-like in appearance. Psoriasis can affect the scalp, nails, feet, hands, or the entire body.

People who suffer from psoriasis may find that they also have arthritis or joint pain. If psoriasis makes it difficult to move or perform everyday tasks, a general physician or dermatologist should be consulted immediately. The cause of psoriasis is still being researched, but some medical professionals have pinpointed individuals genetics as a possible origin point.

Psoriasis can leave sufferers with skin that is itchy, red hot to the touch, or skin covered in silvery scales. Treatments available on the market include the use of medicated lotions, light treatments, and pills. Injections are also prescribed to be given at the site of severe skin reactions.

Psoriasis can be alleviated by taking regular oatmeal baths, which helps soothe the skin. It is important to keep the skin clean, but also moisturized to help move along the skin shedding and healing process. Stress has been considered a possible trigger for outbreaks of psoriasis, so relaxation techniques should be used.

A unique form of treatment for severe psoriasis involves the use of ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light is projected onto psoriasis affected skin. Sometimes a drug is administered in tandem with the light therapy, to make the skin more accepting of the light therapy treatment.

A case of psoriasis is considered severe if a client has ten percent of their body afflicted with the skin condition. Most people have mild cases of psoriasis, so severe cases are thankfully a rare case.

Symptoms of psoriasis may include a sudden change in nail color of the feet or hands. If the nails become a discolored yellow-brown color, and the tissue becomes thick, you may develop psoriasis. Males should be aware that genital sores, unrelated to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), may occur due to psoriasis. Be on the look out for small pink dots along the skin in affected areas, as this is also a symptom of psoriasis. If you are unsure about what you are experiencing, seek medical consultation and contact your dermatologist immediately.

Psoriasis is an annoying condition, but with careful analysis, treatment through a medical professional, and consistent care can make life much easier. There is no need to be embarrassed or afraid if you suffer from psoriasis. There is no need to fear people you come in contact with this skin condition, as you can not contract it from direct contact.

If you find that the patches of your elbows, knees, or scalp are affected, topical creams typically reduce problems. Pharmaceutical drugs or injection at the affected site may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms. There is constantly medical research being conducted to better understand and treat severe psoriasis. There is hope, through education, treatment, and staying positive.





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