Psoriasis is an immune-mediated inflammatory disease that causes skin cells to multiply too fast, building up to form scales and itchy, dry patches. This usually happens in the form of flare-ups, inflammation caused by environmental or physical triggers. Psoriasis is not only painful and irritating, but can cause serious impediments to your daily functioning as well as impair your self-image and your willingness and ability to socialize. Read on to learn more about psoriasis and how Mountain Ice Eczema Cream can moisturize skin and soothe flares!
The skin cells in people who have Psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate, which leads to the buildup of psoriasis lesions. Usually this occurs during flare-ups, which happen as a result of an physical or environmental trigger.
Psoriasis triggers are not universal. What may cause one person's psoriasis to become active, may not affect another. Examples of Psoriasis triggers include:
- Skin damage or injury.
- Infections or a compromised immune system.
- Certain medications.
Any sort of damage or trauma to the skin can cause a flare. This reaction is known as the Koebner phenomenon, in which flare-ups happen in the location of even minor skin damage. This can compound reactions for those with psoriasis, as itching or scrubbing damaged skin too forcefully can cause further flares.
Types of Psoriasis
There are five different types of Psoriasis:
Plaque Psoriasis: The most common form of the disease and often appears as red, raised patches of skin that are covered with a silvery, white buildup of dead skin cells. These patches, or plaques, most often are present of the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back. They are often itchy, painful, and are prone to cracking and bleeding.
Guttate: Appearing as small, dot-like lesions, Guttate Psoriasis often starts in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood, and can be triggered by a Strep infection. Approximately 10 percent of people who develop Psoriasis will develop this type, leaving it as the second most common form.
Inverse: Appearing as red lesions in body folds, such as behind the knee, under the arm, or in the groin, inverse psoriasis often accompanies other forms. It may appear smooth and shiny as well. Usually, people also have another type of Psoriasis on their body at the same time as Inverse.
Pustular: Characterized by white pustules (noninfectious blisters) surrounded by red skin, pustular psoriasis can occur on any part of the body but most often develops on the hands or feet.
Erythrodermic: This particularly rare, severe form of psoriasis can lead to widespread, fiery redness over large areas of the body, leading to severe itching and pain as well as widespread exfoliation (skin peeling). This type only occurs in 3% of people with psoriasis, and can be life-threatening.
The Effects of Psoriasis
Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, and its treatment can depend on the where it develops. Most commonly, psoriasis can appear on the following:
Scalp: can extend beyond the hairline onto the forehead, the back of the neck, and around the ears.
Face: most often affects the eyebrows, skin between the nose and upper lip, the upper forehead, and the hairline.
Hands, Feet, & Nails: Cracking, blisters, and swelling on the hands and feet often accompany flares. Nail changes occur in up to 50% of people with psoriasis, and at least 80% of people with Psoriatic Arthritis.
Skin Folds: Inverse psoriasis can occur in skin folds, such as underneath the arms, and underneath breasts.
Determining the physical severity of psoriasis is largely based on the extent of its spread:
Mild Psoriasis covers less than 3 percent of the body.
Moderate Psoriasis covers between 3 and 10 percent of the body.
Severe Psoriasis covers more than 10 percent of the body.
The severity of psoriasis is also measured by how much it affects a person's quality of life. Does it prevent you from socializing? Does it cause pain and irritation that make daily activities difficult?
Psoriasis has a unique pathway, due to its rapid skin cell growth. This means that the most common medications prescribed for it have anti-inflammatory qualities meant to control this growth. Mountain Ice Eczema Cream can also be an effective component of a psoriasis treatment plan for two reasons:
- Moisturization: No matter what medical treatment you use, moisturization can improve psoriasis inflammation and prevent future flares by strengthening your skin and making it less prone to damage.
- Occlusion: Many people with psoriasis reduce their inflammation by covering affected areas overnight with thick layers of moisturizing cream or lotion. This helps to loosen and diminish the scaly patches that come with a psoriasis flare.
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