regading my earlier question earlier about psoriasis does any one get it internally wot are the symptoms?
Findings on physical examination depend on the type of psoriasis.
Plaque psoriasis is characterized by raised inflamed lesions covered with a silvery white scale. The scale may be scraped away to reveal inflamed skin beneath. This is most common on the extensor surfaces of the knees, elbows, scalp, and trunk.
Guttate psoriasis presents as small red dots of psoriasis that usually appear on the trunk, arms, and legs; the lesions may have some scale. It frequently appears suddenly after an upper respiratory infection (URI).
Inverse psoriasis occurs on the flexural surfaces, armpit, groin, under the breast, and in the skin folds and is characterized by smooth, inflamed lesions without scaling.
Pustular psoriasis presents as sterile pustules appearing on the hands and feet or, at times, diffusely, and may cycle through erythema, pustules, and scaling.
Erythrodermic psoriasis presents as generalized erythema, pain, itching, and fine scaling.
Scalp psoriasis affects approximately 50% of patients, presenting as erythematous raised plaques with silvery white scales on the scalp.
Nail psoriasis may cause pits on the nails, which may develop yellowish color and become thickened. Nails may separate from the nail bed.
Psoriatic arthritis affects approximately 10% of those with skin symptoms. The arthritis is usually in the hands, feet, and, at times, in larger joints. It produces stiffness, pain, and progressive joint damage.
Oral psoriasis may present with whitish lesions on the oral mucosa, which may appear to change in severity from day to day. It may also present as severe cheilosis with extension onto the surrounding skin, crossing the vermillion border.
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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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Facts About Psoriasis
- The scaly patches caused by psoriasis, that we call psoriatic plaques, are portions of inflammation and excessive skin production where skin rapidly accumulates.
- Psoriasis plaques often occur around the skin of our elbows and knees, but could affect any part of the body including the scalp and genitals.
- Psoriasis is a severe recurring condition which varies in severity from hardly noticeable localized patches to complete body coverage. Fingernails and toenails are frequently affected.
- Psoriasis may also result in inflammation of the joints, which is labelled psoriatic arthritis. Ten to fifteen percent of people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis.
- The origin of psoriasis is not known but it is believed to have a genetic component and among the factors that may induce psoriasis include stress, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking.
- There are a variety of treatments on the market but because of its chronic recurrent nature psoriasis is a difficult condition to find a good treatment for.
- A diagnosis of psoriasis is often taken from the condition of the skin; there are no specific blood tests or diagnostic procedures for psoriasis.
- Depending on the seriousness and location of outbreaks Psoriasis sufferers can experience severe physical discomfort and some disability – itching and pain could interfere with simple functions, such as self-care, walking, and sleep.
- Psoriasis affects both sexes equally and can occur at any age, although it most usually appears for the first time between the ages of 15 and 25 years.
- About one-third of people with psoriasis have a family history of the disease, and researchers have identified genetic signals associated with the condition.