Psoriasis is a skin disease that affects approximately 4% of the Western population. It usually occurs in individuals that are in their thirties and particularly affects those of Caucasian origin. Psoriasis may have several origins: physical, psychological or biological. Moreover, subjects that contract psoriasis may be prone to cardiovascular problems or type 2 diabetes later on.
Psoriasis is a skin inflammation that is characterized by the formation of plaques and their desquamation. The body parts that are most affected are the knees and elbows. Nonetheless, this condition can also affect the foot’s sole, the palm of the hand and even the skin folds at the joints. Psoriasis is disabling because it evolves in cycles, is repetitive and its symptoms can be quite embarrassing for the affected individual, thus reducing his or her quality of social life.
Psoriasis is mainly caused by family history. However, the disease may also have other origins such as the physical stress caused by the administration of medication, or following surgery or an illness. Anxiety and nervous fatigue can also foster this disease’s development. In some people, external factors, such as bacterial pharyngitis or a cold, can trigger psoriasis.
By reacting abnormally, the skin’s cells multiply excessively. Indeed, if skin renewal frequency is on average 28 days, this time interval is reduced to 3 to 6 days in patients suffering from psoriasis. This results in the excessive formation of layers that build up, becoming a thick crust. When these layers start to peel off, they leave the skin red. These symptoms manifest themselves during a three-to-four month period, before being followed by a remission period that may take years to occur. When these symptoms are accompanied by psoriatic arthritis, the affected person is subjected to swelling, stiffness and joint pain.
Plaque psoriasis is recognizable by the red patches of round or oval shape that often start to appear on the knees, elbows, buttocks and scalp. These patches are made up of thick and white layers of skin crust. Psoriasis of the nails of the hands and feet is characterized by their discolouration. In this case, the nails detach from the skin and disintegrate because of their abnormal growth. When it affects the scalp, psoriasis is characterized by the formation of silver-coloured layers of scales that are often accompanied by the appearance of dandruff. There also are other forms of psoriasis that are differentiated by their appearance and location: inverse psoriasis, which selectively and often exclusively involves the skin’s folds, recesses and flexor surfaces (inside the joints, armpits, groin, genitals), guttate psoriasis (arms, legs, trunk), and pustular psoriasis (palms, soles of feet) Finally, erythrodermic psoriasis refers to widespread and red-coloured inflammation and exfoliation of the skin over most of the body surface.
There is no available cure to treat this condition. Nevertheless, the use of homoeopathy can help relieve the symptoms depending on the disease’s causes and symptoms. Regarding scalp psoriasis, it may be treated with two daily intakes of Natrum muriaticum 4 to 5 CH. If you prefer a weekly intake, resort to Natrum muriaticum 9 to 15 CH.
To treat psoriasis located on the face, pubis, skin folds and nails, and that is accompanied by brown lesions, take two daily doses of Sepia 4 to 5 CH, or a weekly intake of Sepia 9 to 15 CH. If psoriasis is accompanied by bleeding and cracking, take two daily doses of Phosphorus 4 to 5 CH, or a weekly intake of Phosphorus 9 to 15 CH. Petroleum is also effective in relieving these symptoms.
For other disorders, it is advisable to take Berberis aquifolium for the treatment of psoriasis with rough, dry skin, Calcarea carbonica (soft skin, cracks after washing) and Hydrocotyle Asiatica (indurated skin, itching sensations).
It is recommended to see a doctor or a dermatologist as soon as you suspect psoriasis. If the disease is diagnosed, it is advisable to seek medical attention as soon as any other unusual symptoms appear, such as the onset of pain, fever or a bacterial infection.
Good to know: Homoeopathic remedies can effectively treat psoriasis according to the onset of symptoms. Ignatia amara 9 to 15 CH may be taken to alleviate emotional overload or outbreaks of psoriasis linked to a trauma; Teucrium 5 CH for ear psoriasis and Phosphorus 9 CH for eyebrow psoriasis.