What is it?

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition that hastens the life cycle of skin cells that results in a rapid build up of the sells on the surface of the skin. It is believed to be an autoimmune condition wherein the the immune system mistakenly attacks the body. Often times it can also involve other parts of the body such as the nails and joints.

What are the symptoms?

Psoriasis manifests as:

  • Red patches over the skin with thick, silvery scales.
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed.
  • Itchiness.
  • Burning sensation around the patches.
  • Thickened and pitted nails.
  • Joint swelling and stiffness.
  • Joint pains.

What to expect?

In addition to treatment by your doctor you can try the following things:

  • Keep the skin hydrated. This can be done with emollients such thick creams or ointments.
  • Showering or bathing can also dehydrate the skin. Try to shower not too hot, often or long, use only a little or no soap and use emollients immediately after showering.
  • Sometimes drinking alcohol increases symptoms. Consider to stop drinking alcohol for a while to see whether this has a positive effect on your symptoms.
  • Try to reduce stress.
  • Try to not to scratch the skin.

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