Are you falling sick often? These, frequent bouts of infections, maybe a result of a compromised immune system. You need to be very careful as a weak immune system or a hereditary influence, may lead to skin disorders such as psoriasis.
The body contains T-cells that ward off the attack of bacteria and viruses. But sometimes these body cells start to go against the skin cells that are healthy and thriving and cause a condition called psoriasis. When this attack takes place new skin cells are produced by the body to fight it off. The new cells quickly start to replace the outer skin layer. The new cells start to grow on top of the dead skin cells which ideally need to be shed off, according to the prescribed life cycle of normal skin cells.
Scaly skin patches are common in psoriasis and they are a result of new skin depositing on the old unshed skin cells because of the erratic working of the immune system. This condition runs in families though it is not contagious and cannot be spread by touch. There are some potential reasons that can lead to psoriasis and they are:
- A bacterial or viral infection
- Genetic disposition
- Obesity and overweight
- Extreme stress or duress
- Strong medications that are normally prescribed for blood pressure and bipolar disorder
- A sluggish immune system
It is not difficult to diagnose psoriasis and a keen and efficient eye of a dermatologist can do so by merely looking at the skin. To rule out other disorders of the skin, the skin specialist may conduct a skin tissue biopsy from the effected skin part. The skin part is carefully scrutinized under a strong microscope and the dermatologist is able to confirm the diagnosis.
One thing is certain that there is no specific treatment for psoriasis but the symptoms like skin irritation and inflammation can be controlled by topical applications, salicylic acid washes and ointments, Steroidal creams, retinoid applications. People have reported great benefits from Baba Ramdev’s ayurvedic treatment of psoriasis. These medicines such as Divya Kayakalp Kwath, Divya Rasa Mankya, Divya Pravala Pisti, Divya Kaya kalp vati,and Divya Giloy Sattva.
These herbal extracts have medicinal properties and they supplement vitamins, minerals and nutrition to the cells of the skin. The skin starts to stay healthy and the old skin cells start to fall off exposing the new cells from within. These therapies are safe and also act on the immune system making it strong and act in a balanced manner.
Psoriasis makes the skin extra dry and flaky so it is extremely important to moisturize the area well. Lubrication will prevent the skin from drying further. Even light therapy is said to be beneficial. Try to limit alcohol intake and treat the itchy and dry skin with a lot of hydration. Psoriasis can also lead to conditions like psoriatic arthritis that affects the joints and damages them, so go for treatment right away!