How to get rid of psoriasis
Scaly herpes is one of the most difficult skin diseases.
Until now, doctors cannot say for sure why it occurs. And its treatment is long and difficult – it is a chronic condition, which is periodically accompanied by exacerbations or remission.
For example, liver disease, metabolic disorders, autoimmune conditions, allergies and even beriberi (especially vitamin A and E deficiency) can provoke the disease, – says Zhanna Prikhodko, a dermatologist of the highest category. An important role is played by hereditary factors – if one of the relatives had psoriasis – in 50 percent of cases the disease can be transmitted to children. Moreover, when the father is ill, the probability of transmitting psoriasis to the daughter is higher, and to the son – from the mother. Even severe stress (say, exams or the death of a loved one) can cause psoriasis. Psoriasis, or as it is also called scaly herpes, begins with a rash on the verge of hair growth on the forehead – like a crown. These are flat nodules covered with light silvery scales. If this papule is peeled off, a spot similar to frozen wax forms in its place. At the subsequent scraping it is possible to see a translucent film on which surface drops of blood (blood dew) act. In fact, these three indicators: wax stain, terminal film and blood dew can diagnose psoriasis.
Seborrhea has very similar manifestations, so it is important to mutually exclude these diseases. As a rule, psoriatic plaques also appear on the elbows and knees at the same time, and the nail plate is covered with small furrows (the nail becomes like a thimble). In the atypical form of psoriasis, plaques can cover the skin under the armpits and in the groin, in various folds (behind the ears, under the breasts, between the fingers). During exacerbation, these spots have a bright red color, and during remission – covered with thin white scales.
– Is a person with psoriasis contagious to others?
– Patients with psoriasis do not pose a danger to the environment, but they must lead a special lifestyle. In particular, the usual cosmetic procedures for others can provoke an exacerbation of the disease. For example, when taking a shower or bath, such people should not use hard washcloths – only soft sponges or even cotton towels. Instead of solid soap, they should use a gel with a neutral pH factor, hypoallergenic and without fragrances. Dry the skin with a towel very carefully, lightly pressing it to the body.
After all, the skin is especially vulnerable to psoriasis. The fact is that the skin cells mature and die much faster than usual. Thus, if in healthy people a complete renewal of the upper layer of skin occurs approximately every 24 – 28 days, then in patients with psoriasis this process is 6-7 times faster. The skin loses moisture and becomes less elastic when dry. In addition, it is more prone to inflammation, and therefore requires special care.