How to: Psoriasis Treatment

There are several types of psoriasis.  Some are more common than others and some may target younger individuals such as psoriasis.  This type of psoriasis is a relatively uncommon but it does tend to target children and adults under thirty.  Like all types of psoriasis it is not contagious.  With psoriasis the skin is covered with small, red and scaly tear-drop shaped spots.  The areas normally affected are the arms, legs, eyelids, back, bottom, bikini line, neck and middle of the body.

A person will usually have an outbreak of psoriasis following some sort of trigger whether it be stress, certain medication etc.  This outbreak of  psoriasis usually follows some type of infection.  The most common infection that triggers this type of psoriasis is an upper respiratory tract infection.

Since a person with psoriasis is susceptible to severe itching, secondary infections and severe pain your doctor will treat it by trying to control the symptoms thus preventing any secondary infections.  A severe case of this psoriasis often will be treated with immune suppression medication which is usually some type of steroid.

After treatment psoriasis can completely clear up especially in the summer months.  This is typical for any variety of psoriasis where in the summer it will improve and in the winter it tends to worsen.

The next type of psoriasis that we will look at is psoriasis vulgaris or as it is more commonly referred to,  plaque psoriasis.  Of all the types of psoriasis, plaque is the most common.  Although both men and women can get plaque psoriasis, women tend to develop this type of psoriasis earlier than men.  This will appear on the skin as raised areas of inflamed skin covered with silvery white scaly skin.  These patches of oval shaped red plaques will burn and itch.

Psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis usually first presents itself in a person between the ages of sixteen to twenty-two.   Eighty per cent of the people who suffer from psoriasis will have plaque psoriasis.  As is common in all types of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis seems to occur after the person has suffered some type of bacteria or viral infection.  Also the severity of plaque psoriasis seems to decrease in summer months and increase in the winter months.

A severe case of plaque psoriasis can be treated with potent steroids in the short term.  The steroids are not recommended in the long term treatment.

Although plaque psoriasis appears as a skin condition it is actually a disease of the immune system.  When a person is suffering from plaque psoriasis what actually is happening is that immune cells are activated and start to produce too much of a protein called tumor necrosis factor.  So even though the outcome of the disease is outward on the skin it actually starts from inside the body.

The next form of psoriasis that we will take a look at is inverse psoriasis.  This particular type of psoriasis can be found in the folds of skin in the armpits, groin, under the breasts, genitals and the buttocks.  Though it doesn’t have the scales similar to other types of psoriasis it appears as a red rash that is quite tender.  It is very painful and difficult to treat because of where it is located in the folds of the above mentioned areas.  This type of psoriasis occurs in two to six percent of psoriasis sufferers and it is more common in people who are obese or overweight.  A person who suffers from inverse psoriasis usually suffers from some other form of psoriasis such as plaque.

The triggers for inverse psoriasis are friction and dampness associated with sweating.  You can see the impact this would have on an overweight person.