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Psoriasis is a common skin disease that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming thick silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes

Types of Psoriasis

There are several different types of psoriasis, distinguished by 1) the affected area of the body and 2) the type of patches. They include:

Scalp Psoriasis

This type involves plaques on the scalp that typically can be confused as dandruff. About half of all people with any type of psoriasis also have scalp psoriasis.

Plaque Psoriasis

Found anywhere on the body, plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis. Small red bumps spread and dead skin cells easily flake from those areas.

Inverse Psoriasis

This type of psoriasis involves smooth inflamed lesions in areas where the skin folds or flexes, such as the armpits, groin, or under the breast.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

This kind causes severe disruption to the body’s chemical balance, affecting the majority of the body, and causes symptoms such as severe scaling, pain, and itching to the point where the skin looks as though it has been burned. It can also cause severe illness.

Pustular Psoriasis

Characterized by puss-filled blister-like lesions, this kind can be contained to a small area or widespread. It can be a precursor to plaque psoriasis or develop in those who already have it.

Palmar-plantar Pustulosis

A type of pustular psoriasis, it causes pustules to form at the sides of the heel or base of the thumb that turn brown and peel.

Guttate Psoriasis

This involves small, red dots that enlarge rapidly and often develop scales in the scalp, arms, legs, and torso. They can clear up without any treatment, but may appear later as plaque psoriasis.

Nail Psoriasis

This form of psoriasis affects the fingernails and toenails with pitting, discoloration, flaking, or possible separation from the nail bed.

Common Symptoms

Psoriasis symptoms vary from person to person, according to both the severity of the disease and the type of psoriasis. Common psoriasis symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Raised, red, inflamed lesions
  • Silvery scaly plaques
  • Small, red, individual spots (more common in children and young adults)
  • Dry skin that may crack and bleed
  • Itching, burning, or soreness of the skin
  • Pitted nails or separation from the nail bed

Advances in Homeopathy:

Psoriasis, often labeled as external, chronic and incurable can be completely cured in a large number of cases. Cases wherein the lesions are widespread and relapsing can be effectively controlled with a marked reduction in the size of lesion and its reoccurrence. Symptoms of itching and scaling, often marked in psoriasis, can be minimized greatly andlong-term relief undoubtedly achievable

Conventional approach vs. Homeopathic approach:

Conventional approach

Physicians or Dermatologists usually prescribe local steroids or systemic drugs capable of directly minimizing skin-cell reproduction and controlling plaque formation. They do not help in correcting the mechanism responsible for the excessive shedding (plaque formation) and therefore requires to be taken for a life time. Excessive dependencymay result in poor tolerance and the dosage of these drugs is often increased over time. Numerous side effects like liver damage and photosensitivity are associated with these drugs.

Homeopathic approach

Our body constantly strives at bringing about normalcy by responding to changes it perceives reversible. In psoriasis and in most chronic ailments our body fails to respond appropriately due to a weakened state. Homeopathic medicines help by improving our body’s (immune) innate response and guide the body back to a healthy state, naturally.