Psoriasis is not at all a contagious ailment but it is chronic and it is believed to be skin condition that can't be cured and almost four million of Americans are suffering from it. The condition of this ailment sometimes can flare up or shrink magically which can stays for years or months. The main reason of having this problem is unknown. With the right trigger or a combination of factors, a patient can encounter unanticipated flare up. Some general triggering elements that may lead to psoriasis outbreaks are major illnesses or some kind of shock, pain, other illnesses and an excessive amount pressure.
I’m not exactly sure if thats what i have on my head, but i have all of the symptoms of psoriasis, so how serious is it, i read joint pains or arthritis can be caused from it, is that possible?! could my knee pay be involved with the scabs on my head? and how serious is all of this? should i tell my dad or can i just my the meds on my own? are there any home remedies for it?
Psoriasis is caused by your immune system. Normally the skin cells on your scalp are cast off and replaced about once a month, but with psoriasis, the affected skin spots can be reproducing about every week. The new skin cells are produced more rapidly than the old skin cells can be discarded, and it causes itchy, red bumps.
The bumps are itchy because histamines are being produced by your immune system to fight off the attack it thinks is happening on your skin. The area is red because the blood vessels expand and pump in more blood to sustain the increase in cell production.
Joint pain can be caused by psoriatic arthritis, which is caused when the immune system begins attacking and inflaming the cartilage between joints. It is possible for joint pain to begin before psoriasis becomes apparent on the skin, but it is rare. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to determine whether or not you have arthritis.
As for the psoriasis you have on your scalp, the best over-the-counter remedy is to buy a coal tar based shampoo. You can find them in almost any store in the Head n Shoulders section of the shampoo aisle. Neutrogena produces one called T-Gel, I believe. Coal tar retards cell formation, and will help with the itch.
If the itchy spots are particularly bad, you can buy a salicilic acid based shampoo to use before using the coal tar shampoo. Salicilic acid loosens and softens the skin if the spots become hardened. I think a company called Scalpacin makes a whole line of psoriasis products.
Psoriasis is not an end-of-the-world affair. About 10% of Americans have psoriasis. If the condition worsens though, you should see a dermatologist, as they can prescribe tougher medication.
Hope that helps.
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I’ve tried almost everything over the counter products such as changing my shampoo to something milder, baby lotion, olive oil, petroleum jelly, oatmeal soaks, and plain oatmeal.
It stings and it’s worse on one side of my lower neck, around the hair line. It’s also up in my scalp. I’ve also used Coal Tar and Soothing Menthol. It works for a little while, then comes back. It’s a never ending battle for this, it’s really driving me crazy and now I have to wear gloves to keep from scratching my scales. I know it’s pretty terrible to bear when you’ve got these silvery scales and red raised bumps from the scales.
I’m on Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc. I’ve noticed a change in my strength in one of my arms that has had surgery. Much more stronger now. I hope the zinc works for my immune system. I was taking fish oil, but I was in the bathroom most of the time from it.
What are your suggestions? I’m willing to try something until I can get to a doctor. I’m strengthening my immune system because it’s an autoimmune disease and it’s not AIDS or anything around it. Psoriasis isn’t contagious luckily.
Petroleum jelly doesn’t work so I found hydrocortisone cream works to stop the itch. Now I’m using baby lotion to moisturize. I’ll try some of those remedies.
Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments for psoriasis from the Internet – some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they stay clear for months on end.
Try it: champori is available without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn’t work for you – it’s free.
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