What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that occurs when you develop red, itchy scaly spots, usually on the knees, elbow, trunk, and scalp. Psoriasis is a common, prolonged (chronic) illness with no treatment. It’s likely to go through phases, flare-up for only some weeks or months, then abating for a time or going into reduction. Therapies are offered to assist you to cope with the symptoms. And you can integrate routine behaviors and deal with approaches to assist you to live healthier with psoriasis.

What are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?

There are numerous symptoms of Psoriasis. Some of the most common symptoms are as follows, People with this condition may develop red patches of the skin covered with heavy, grey scales. They can also have dry skin that may bleed. Their nails may become thick or grooved. Itchiness and burning sensation are also some of the very common symptoms of this condition. In some rare cases, a patient may suffer from swollen joints.

What are the Causes of Psoriasis?

  • The main trigger of Psoriasis is infections. For example, strep throat or any other skin infection can trigger Psoriasis. It can also be caused by dry weather conditions. Injury to the skin sometimes can cause psoriasis. Injuries such as extreme sunburn, bug bite, or any cut or scrape will be a trigger of psoriasis.
  • Heavy smoking and alcohol consumption may lead to this condition as well. Some drugs, such as antimalarial drugs, high blood pressure drugs, etc. can also cause Psoriasis. In some rare cases, stress can be another reason.

When to see a Doctor?

This condition can be really annoying and may interfere in doing daily activities. So, getting it checked by the doctors to treat the symptoms is very important. Whenever you suffer from any severe symptoms, such as discomfort or pain, swelling, causing issues about the appearance of the skin, you need to visit a doctor without any further delay.

Lifestyle Prevention of Psoriasis

The symptoms of psoriasis may not be consistent but there is no cure for this condition. So, preventing the symptoms which are caused by some known factors is important. The symptoms and triggers vary from person to person. So, identifying the cause is important. Some very common preventive measures may help you avoid the severity of the condition.
  • If you think that the condition is triggered by your stress, you need to deal with it by doing yoga and meditation.
  • If you have psoriasis due to medication, then avoid them. Mostly it’s caused by the medication which interferes with the body’s autoimmune systems. So, try to avoid those medications.
  • Protecting your skin from injury is very crucial. Try to apply sunscreen whenever you are going outdoors in the sun. Also, try to wear full sleeves. In case you are traveling to a place where you might encounter insects, then use bug sprays on the skin. Be extra cautious if you are performing any activity that may cause injury to your skin.
  • Try to avoid infections. Maintain hand hygiene. Avoid sharing clothes and utensils with others.
  • Eating healthy food is very important. Try to eat clean. Avoid foods like red meat, dairy, processed food, citrus fruits, etc. that may cause inflammation.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Psoriasis

The symptoms of Psoriasis can be minimized by Ayurveda. Some of the herbs and spices such as Turmeric, Aloe vera, Garlic, Guggulu, neem, etc. are very useful for Psoriasis.
  • Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is one of the most famous herbs to treat a number of skin conditions including Psoriasis. Take a gel of fresh aloe vera leaves and use it on the impacted area. Go over the process each day for a better outcome.
  • Turmeric: This is also known to have an anti-inflammatory property and is really useful for Psoriasis. Mix 1 part powdered turmeric with 2 parts of water in a pan, boil to form a heavy paste, cool and then Apply to the skin.
Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Turmeric | Andira araroba | Cayenne Pepper | Aloe Vera | Boswellia | Garlic | Guggulu | Neem | Jasmine Flower Paste | Black Nighshade
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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