Scientists also discovered that Psoriasis is genetic: if you have parents or close relatives with this disease, the chances of you having it too are far greater. If you have this genetic predisposition, your contact with certain stimuli triggers the onset of the disease.
These stimuli vary a lot, but the main are: smoking, stress, skin irritation (especially with topical remedies including acids), infections (especially with Streptococcus), intense sunlight, phototerapy, HIV and sunburn. It’s strongly recommended that you avoid these factors if you think you have this predisposition.
Types of Psoriasis
There are 5 known main types of Psoriasis today, and I’ll briefly describe each one below:
It’s the simpler and less harmful variation of Psoriasis. 80% of the people with the disease have this variation. The symptoms are lesions red-colored, with a kind of silvery white cover above the wounds. The plaque psoriasis is found usually on knees, lower back, scalp and elbows.
The lesions of this kind of psoriasis are smaller than the wounds of plaque psoriasis, and appear in the body as right dots of lesions. It’s something like chickenpox. Usually they appear in the trunk and limbs.
This psoriasis usually affects the folders of your skin, as on genital parts, below the breasts and in the armpits. The lesions of inverse psoriasis type usually shine a bit, and again, they appear with the red color.
This kind of psoriasis is more harmful from the others, because its chances of spreading throughout the body are very higher. WIth the lesions, there is a formation of scaling and pustules containing a bit (or a lot) of pus. You can detect on many parts of the body, especially in the hands and feet.
This kind of psoriasis is far more harmful than all the other kinds of this auto immune disease. It may appear together with pustular psoriasis. In this kind of psoriasis, your skin displays a fiery red color on the lesions, that can wide spread all your body.
Often times, the Erythrodermic Psoriasis requires hospitalization. So, if you have skin lesions on many parts of your body, you may consult a good dermatologist on your location.
There are a lot of psoriasis treatments, including topical treatments (usually with corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, anthralin, topical retinoids, salicylic acid and general moisturizers), light terapies and systemic medications, but I recommend that you talk to your doctor about your options, because only a good derm can diagnosticate your correct variation of Psoriasis.
If you have been diagnosed with simpler types of psoriasis, especially Plaque Psoriasis, I strongly recommend you to take a look on a psoriasis cream. These usually are the best way to relieve the symptoms of the disease. And you don’t have to use a psoriasis cream only for psoriasis: Revitol Dermasis, for example, has a lot of moisturizing ingredients and it’s perfect for maintaining the general health of your skin. There isn’t usually a best psoriasis cream that will help every people with psoriasis the same way. So, you have to look for the best creams for yourself and see what is good for your body.
I hope that this article help you a little if you have been recently diagnosed with psoriasis and want to take more information about the disease or, like me, is only researching about this disease for some months, as a health student. Thanks for reading!