Psoriasis And Its Homeopathic Treatment
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease, which originates from Greek word meaning itch. Most of the patients having psoriasis suffers for long duration if not treated properly. The skin becomes inflamed with reddish eruptions, which itches extensively. Silvery scales that shade off on scratching cover the red eruptions.
Most commonly affected parts of the body are elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, palms, and soles of the feet. However it can cover each and every part of the body including the genital area. It may also affect the finger and toenails.
In few cases joint inflammation that produces arthritis symptoms are noted. This condition is called psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis is categorized as mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the percentage of body surface involved. There are different types of psoriasis, at life force Dr Shah have been able to treat most of the cases. Different type of psoriasis have been explained in details by Dr Shah's online website for details.
A special note on scalp psoriasis is mentioned here as it is one of the common form of psoriasis and compared to other variants it is more difficult to treat. A Person may present with only scalp psoriasis or scalp and skin psoriasis together. Many a times it may be wrongly diagnosed as dandruff and treated for long time before realizing it to be psoriasis.
Scalp psoriasis symptoms:
It is differentiated in mild, moderate and severe categories.
Mild cases: It may be noticed as dryness in the scalp and hair with scale formation as dandruff. Mild itching is there.
The closest differential diagnosis at this stage is seborrhea dermatitis. In seborrhea the scalp is oily, and the dandruff is rather sticky, like sebum and yellowish. Scalp psoriasis is dry, silvery and scaly.
2) Moderate cases: This stage develops a few years after the start of psoriasis. The scalp may show single or multiple patches of scales. The scales may be white or silvery, moderately thick. There may be more concentration behind the ears, temples, occipital and parietal areas.
3) Severe cases: large crusty patches of scales all over the scalp are seen. The scalp redness is very much marked which may extend to hair line, on the forehead, behind ears and on the back of the neck. Around 50-80 % or more area of the scalp may be affected. The scratching is unbearable. The scalp may bleed on scratching.
What causes psoriasis is not fully understood but Dr Shah with his experience of treating patients of psoriasis all over the globe has come up with probable causes of psoriasis as under.
In most of the cases psoriasis is multifunctional that is more than one of the below mentioned factors are responsible.
Psoriasis is caused due to internal factors like:
It can also be caused due to some external factors:
The diagnosis of psoriasis is usually made clinically that is after a careful examination of the skin. For an experienced doctor the white silvery scales of psoriasis are very distinctive and guiding feature for diagnosis. Other features such as family history, the spread on affected areas, etc. Should also be taken into account to conclude the diagnosis of psoriasis.
A skin biopsy that means examining a small skin sample under a microscope is always helpful to confirm the diagnosis.
A detailed case taking is helps to find out the causative factors such as exposure to extreme of temperatures or chemicals or stress. It is of utmost importance while deciding the line of action for treatment.
Conventional treatment is based on use of cortisone in various forms, such as local (topical) cream, oral and injections.
Cortisone is a powerful immune suppressive medicine which gives immediate relief from the symptoms but the disease tends to recur as the patient tries to stop the treatment. In our experience we have noticed that its influence is quite superficial, as the eruptions not only relapse after stopping the Cortisone, but they relapse more aggressively.
As psoriasis is a deep-seated difficult disease it requires well-planned deep acting medicines which can stimulate immune system and body's natural healing capacity.
What to expect from homeopathic treatment?
At Life Force we use Dr Shah has launched a website dedicated to psoriasis treatment which gives plenty of information for the patients suffering with psoriasis, at our
website. Homeopathic medicines in ultra-minute quantity which are extremely effective yet absolutely free from any side effects.