Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterised by appearance of red, scaly patches on the skin. The patches most commonly appear on the back of the forearms, shins, naval area and scalp. The disease may occur at any age, but typically starts in adulthood. The patches are also associated with itching or burning. Psoriasis is caused when something goes wrong with the immune system and causes inflammation, triggering new skin cells to form too quickly. Normally, skin cells are replaced every 10 to 30 days. With psoriasis, new cells grow every 3 to 4 days. The buildup of old cells being replaced by new ones creates those silver scales.
Psoriasis is not contagious. It cannot be transferred from one person to another. Psoriatic lesions are not infectious.
There are no special tests to diagnose psoriasis. Your doctor may take biopsy of your skin and examine it under microscope. Your doctor will also want to learn about your family history. About one-third of the people with psoriasis have a family member with the disease.
Homoeopathic medicines for psoriasis:
Homoeopathy should be the first line of treatment for psoriasis. Homoeopathic medicines have the potential to raise the immunity of psoriatic patients and work at the root cause of the ailment. Some of the best homoeopathic medicines are Arsenicum album, Graphites, Petroleum, Rhus tox, Sepia, Sulphur.