Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that develops because of the faulty signals send by immune system. Because of these signals, growth cycle of skin cell increases leading to psoriasis. Although the origin of the psoriasis is not known exactly yet the theory of 'nervous origin' is considered as the best as any kind of mental stress or psychic traumas leads to the development of Psoriasis. The word Psoriasis has Greek origin from the word 'Psora' which means 'itch'. In Ayurveda, Psoriasis is termed as 'Sidhmam'.
Types of Psoriasis
The most common and widespread Psoriasis types are dry and moist. In dry Psoriasis prominent silvery scales appear whereas in moist the suppurating papulations with scales are moist. Other types of Psoriasis:
- Plaque Psoriasis
- Guttate Psoriasis
- Pustular Psoriasis
- Inverse Psoriasis
- Erythrodermic Psoriasis
- Psoriasis of the Scalp
is the most common of all kinds of Psoriasis in which the skin turns to red and silvery scales then cover the skin. Elbows, knees, trunk, or scalp are the most common places where the plaque Psoriasis occurs although it can be found on any other part of the skin.
occurs when very small pink or red drops appear on the skin. The word guttate has latin origin from the Latin word 'gutta' that means 'drop'. Although it occurs majority on trunk, arms, or legs but it can also cover the wide part of your skin. In certain cases the guttate Psoriasis after completing its life cycle goes away but in certain other cases it needs proper treatment.
is one of the uncommon forms of Psoriasis in which very well defined and raised bumps appear on the skin and these are then filled with pus. The skin turns to red around and under these bumps. Further there can be acute, chronic and subacute Psoriasis.
appears in the folds of the skin in the form of smooth and bright red patches. Breast, armpits and close to genitals are the most common areas for inverse Psoriasis. Sweating and rubbing of the skin in these areas further increase the amount of Psoriasis.
is the least common type of psoriasis but very serious. In this a very large part of the body turns to a bright red color and gets inflamed. On the rashes there is a feeling if itching and burning. Even with the increased flow of blood pressure of heart is common.
In Nail Psoriasis
, fingernails and toenails are affected. Most of the people having skin psoriasis may also develop nail psoriasis. Due to this, number of changes in nail area occur like from yellow to red nail discoloring and also small pits may appear in the nail area. These develop due to lack of cells in the nail area.
In Psoriasis of scalp
, dryness and redness on skin appear with crusted plaque. The plaque then peel off in the form of flakes.
Generally this skin disorders
appears in the form of small eruptions that may be discrete or confluent. After this silvery scales appear on the eruptions. In most of the psoriasis types the patient also develops Psoriasis arthritis leading to joint pain, swelling and stiffness.
Genes are the major cause of Psoriasis as this skin disorder is genetic but also there are many other causes of Psoriasis. But generally the faulty blood circulation i.e. (Rakthadooshyam) also causes Psoriasis. Even the wrong food habits, depression and anxiety also causes Psoriasis.
Major Psoriasis Causes
- Exposure to extreme weather and climatic conditions.
- Consuming too cool beverages or water when your body temperature is warm.
- Intake of wrong food and bad drinking habits.
- Exercise during full stomach.
- Mental stress and strain.
Any intake of excess of hot spicy and acidic food causes Psoriasis. Also the freshly harvested grains and sesame, excessive intake of milk and milk products causes Psoriasis.
All these conditions leads to imbalance in physiological homeostasis that is the balance of internal organ functioning and also leads to changes in the body temperature. Thus person suffering from Psoriasis has higher body temperature as the temperature controlling mechanism that is Hypothalamus, area of the brain gets upset.
Neem and Psoriasis
Neem oil is very complex as it contain about 140 active ingredients that helps in eliminating many of skin disorders although you have to do a regular course sometimes along with this.
Neem oil moistens the dry skin and eliminate itchiness and irritation. Also the redness can be cured to great extent with neem oil. It also provides natural skin immunity and brings back the faulty imbalance.
Neem oil also clean up the skin infections because of its antibacterial nature. If you will regularly use neem shampoo, neem soaps and neem creams then the frequent occurrence off skin infections can be eliminated.
You can also consume the neem leaves that are available in the form of capsules, tablets and neem tea. This strengthen the immune system thus helps in treating the Psoriasis.
Neem oil is one of the best Psoriasis treatment available as it provides the required moisturizer to the skin. Even the patients showing severe Psoriasis can also be treated with neem.
Psoriasis Home Remedies
- Cut down on spicy food.
- Do not use perfumed soaps and even perfume directly on your skin.
- Avoid any kind of stress.
- Do not wear rubber or latex gloves.
- Avoid soft drinks having Aspartame.
- Do not use moisturizer with very strong perfume and alcohol.
- Before buying anything do read the ingredients and never purchase having alcohol, lanolin and strong perfumes.
- To treat Psoriasis take Epsom salt bath and after bath apply olive oil on the affected area.
- If possible take seawater bath as this is very beneficial for treating the Psoriasis.
- Apply mud pack as it removes toxics from the affected Psoriasis area.
- Drink the juice of bitter gourd. You will have to drink the fresh juice empty stomach daily in the morning for five to six months. For taste add two teaspoon of lemon juice in this.
- On affected area apply aloe vera gel and garlic oil. This is a goof home remedy for psoriasis.
*Note: Before starting any kind of Psoriasis treatment consult the doctor.