Psoriasis causes physical discomfort to 125 million people worldwide. You may also wonder can psoriasis cause emotional distress, and the answer is yes. Many people who have patches of psoriasis in visible locations, particularly on their faces, feel embarrassed or uncomfortable in social situations.
Psoriasis causes the overproduction of skin cells, causing thick red scaly patches of skin and/or blisters. All body parts can be affected. These patches and blisters are often itchy and sore. The condition often improves at times and worsens at other times.
There is no way to keep from getting psoriasis. Some think it is a genetic disorder - if one parent has it, a child has a 25% chance of getting it, and if both parents have it, a child has a 60% chance of getting it. However, psoriasis usually does not show up until adulthood. It is unusual in children.
While there is no way to prevent psoriasis, it is possible to prevent some of the symptoms psoriasis causes. Because symptoms can come and go, you can help to prevent outbreaks by living a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet, get plenty of rest, and manage your stress. These simple things can help minimize your symptoms.
There is no cure for psoriasis. There is, however, treatment for the various symptoms that psoriasis causes.
For instance, there are topical medications designed to remove the scaly skin and stop the itching caused by psoriasis. Topical medications are available over the counter and by prescription. Over-the-counter topical medications usually contain salicylic acid and/or tar and are designed to remove scaly skin. Prescription medications often add steroids to the mix to reduce the inflammation, discomfort and itching psoriasis causes. Side effects of these topical medications can include skin irritation, peeling, and blistering.
There is light therapy, also known as phototherapy. It involves exposures to ultraviolet light A and/or B, which slows the productions of skin cells and therefore reduces the symptoms psoriasis cause. It must be used with care in order to prevent the occurrence of skin cancer.
Laser therapy is another treatment for the symptoms psoriasis cause. Lasers are used to remove the red scaly patches of skin. Laser treatment can be effective but can cause some initial side effects, such as skin irritation, blisters, and burns.
Then there are prescription medications available orally and by injection. These medications are designed to relieve all the symptoms psoriasis causes. They are very potent drugs, however, and must be used with caution due to the potential side effects. Possible side effects include headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, dizziness, joint and muscle pain, trouble sleeping, tiredness, fever, flu-like symptoms, chills, kidney damage, and liver damage. Regular blood tests may be needed to watch for liver damage.
Many people who have psoriasis are very concerned about the side effects of the treatments used to treat the condition. They are interested in trying a natural treatment for the symptoms psoriasis cause. Products made with all natural ingredients usually don't have side effects, and many have other health benefits as well.
See your doctor is you have symptoms of psoriasis to discuss your treatment options.
Feel free to write to us if you have further questions about the physical and emotional distress that psoriasis cause.
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