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Basic principles for managing Psoriasis

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

There is a skin disease called psoriasis. Many people simply misunderstand that psoriasis is a condition of dry skin. However, psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that belongs to an autoimmune disease that is very far from just dry skin, and it is a disease in which thick keratin proliferates abnormally and accumulates excessively by immune cells attacking its own epidermal cells.

The keratin of dry skin type form thin layer while the keratin of psoriatic skin form very thick layer. Psoriasis, which belongs to an autoimmune disease, is a systemic chronic disease that is easily aggravated by the body's immune status. For this reason, if psoriasis is mismanaged, there is a high risk that it will spread uncontrollably throughout the body. Psoriasis, which has been kept quiet, can be very serious if the accumulated stress of a busy life or poor lifestyle habits wake you up.

First, let's look at the definition of psoriasis. Psoriasis is characterized by erythematous skin lesions covered with silvery-white scaly skin with clear boundaries, which mainly occur in highly irritated areas such as elbows, knees, buttocks, and scalp, and has various clinical manifestations from small papules to plaques, pustular plaques, exfoliative psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis.

It is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that usually worsens and improves repeatedly. The main thing here is that the boundaries of the lesion are pronounced. If it is not managed, there is a risk that psoriasis can easily spread beyond that boundary.

The main thing in the care of psoriasis is the minimization of pressure and friction. There is something called the Köbner phenomenon that is common in skin disorders related to the immune system. If the skin lesion area is injured and weak, swept or pressed for a long time, the skin disease occurs in that area. In the case of psoriasis, the knees and elbows are prone to it because the Köbner phenomenon occurs due to stimulation caused by friction and pressure.

So most important things to pay attention to in psoriasis care are.

  • Avoid scraping, scrubs or peeling of scales.

  • Wear loose clothing.

  • Stop smoking

A Harvard Medical School study showed that those who smoked cigarettes had an average 78 percent higher risk of psoriasis than those who had never smoked.

  • Stress management

In general, chronic skin Inflammation dramatically intensify under stress, but in the case of psoriasis, the symptoms worsen due to stress are clearly obvious. When patients with psoriasis are stressed, it affects the immune system or autonomic nervous system regulation.

Psoriasis is a sensitive skin disease that can spreads throughout the body, causing redness and flaking. In addition, once psoriasis has spread, it is very common for it to spread to an uncontrollable degree, so you may feel anxious and watch for psoriasis.

However, psoriasis can be prevented from getting serious if you know how to manage it.

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