What is Psoriasis?
When I first developed Psoriasis, it started out as a rash. I had been working in the yard cutting down weeds in the ditch and picking blackberries in the fields. Not long after I began to itch. This was also the week when we had the bug guy out to kill the termites in the house. This guy had put so much bug poison in our home that we smelled it for months. I don’t know where my husband found this guy, but I can bet he was not bonded.
Spots began to show up on my legs. I thought at first it was chiggers that I’d picked up in the fields while picking blackberries or while cutting weeds out of the ditch. But over time they stayed and migrated to my waist. Then some began to scale. Seventeen years later, my body is covered with Psoriasis.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a non-contagious chronic skin disease caused when the immune system sees your own skin cells as the enemy and causing the body to overproduce more skin cells in an effort to protect the body.
Their are many different types of Psoriasis. If you have Psoriasis long enough, it can turn into what’s called Pustular psoriasis. That is what has happened to me. The photo you see above are my legs. If you don’t take good care of your Psoriasis, your skin can become inflamed and red; if it’s warm to the touch, it means the skin is infected, called Cellulitis.
PUSTULAR PSORIASIS , characterized by red and scaly skin on the palms of the hands and/or feet with tiny pustules.
GUTTATE PSORIASIS, which often starts in childhood or young adulthood, is characterized by small, red spots, mainly on the torso and limbs. Triggers may be respiratory infections, strep throat, tonsillitis, stress, injury to the skin, and use of anti-malarial and beta-blocker medications.
INVERSE PSORIASIS, characterized by bright red, shiny lesions that appear in skin folds, such as the armpits, groin area, and under the breasts.
ERYTHRODERMIC PSORIASIS, characterized by periodic, fiery redness of the skin and shedding of scales in sheets; this form of psoriasis, triggered by withdrawal from a systemic psoriasis treatment, severe sunburn, infection, and certain medications, requires immediate medical treatment, because it can lead to severe illness.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the problem or diseases and appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells or scale.
Nail psoriasis is a manifestation of psoriasis that affects up to half of all individuals with psoriasis elsewhere on the body. The condition can often be confused with fungal infections and other infections of the nail.
Psoriatic arthritis is a painful and physically limiting condition affecting up to 30 percent of those with psoriasis . It can affect many joints and often becomes quite severe in the hands.
As you may know, Psoriasis causes skin cells to accumulate on the skin faster than normal. It causes the skin to become dry and red rash that many times causes scaly patches on the skin. The symptoms are flaky, itchy, burning, skin sometimes accompanied by pain and/or stinging. The condition may appear anywhere on your body in small areas or cover your entire body.
It’s important to know that Psoriasis is not contagious. That family, friends and coworkers need to be supportive and understanding of how Psoriasis affects its victims. The sufferer will be miserable 24/7 and will be drowsy from lack of sleep as Psoriasis does not take a break at bedtime. So its victim suffers during the night and will suffer from a lack of quality sleep.
Because of the sleep issue, other ailments will follow. You see, sleep is important to maintaining a healthy body. So Psoriasis victims often end up with other ailments as a result of sleep deprivation.
The cause of psoriasis is unknown. There are many theory’s. In my case, it is believed to have started as a result to an allergy to a chemical called Formaldehyde. That summer, I was excessively exposed to the chemical.
According to my doctor, Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system is misdirected and attacks normal cells. There is no cure. Once you have it, you have it. The key to surviving it’s ugly symptoms is to try everything out there and see what works for you. What works for one person, may not work for another.
One researcher says we are lacking something in our diet or some other underlying health issue we don’t know we have can cause psoriasis. I did not add his source because he wants you to buy his book on cures. While I have long thought that what he has said is true, before I even read his ad, I do not believe that we (he claims to be a past sufferer) as psoriasis victims should charge each other for the information. With the web being free and so many ways to get the information we need out there at no cost to us, if we truly have suffered from the disease, we should not be advertising a book of cures. I am not saying he should not write a book and charge for it. Just that pushing it on the web seems to be quite greedy. If you publish a book on psoriasis, naturally you want to get paid for your expenses. Let the book pay for itself in a book store. Say it’s out there, if we would like a copy of it, but don’t push it on the web and say that’s the only way you will give us the information, because there are thousands of people out there that can’t afford a $50.00 book. On the web, we should share things for free.
7.7 million people in the United States have psoriasis.
Sorry I don’t have the statistics for other countries. But you can imagine, if the US has that many people, how many worldwide suffer from skin disorders, not just psoriasis.