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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Psoriasis Cure Now Releases New Podcast Discussing Remicade as a Psoriasis Treatment
Kensington, MD (PRWEB) October 5, 2006
“Psoriasis Cure Now,” a nonprofit patient advocacy group, has released the newest in its series of psoriasis podcasts, this one focused on Remicade (infliximab) for the treatment of psoriasis. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Centocor’s Remicade for the treatment of adults with severe psoriasis. The free podcast is available on the Psoriasis Cure Now website at http://www.psoriasis-cure-now.org/podcasts.php , or through iTunes.
The podcast includes a pair of interviews. Alan Menter, M.D., Chairman of the Division of Dermatology at Baylor University Medical Center and a renowned dermatologist, speaks about Remicade’s efficacy and safety profile. Dr. Menter was the lead investigator for Remicade’s U.S. psoriasis study. The podcast also includes an interview with Mike Hills, a Remicade patient from Virginia, who shares his experience with the treatment and walks us through an infusion from the patient perspective. Remicade is delivered via intravenous infusion in a medical setting, a procedure with which many patients are not yet familiar.
“Remicade is an important new treatment option for people with severe psoriasis, so we put together interviews with a top psoriasis expert and a man treating his psoriasis with Remicade to help people understand what Remicade is and whether it might be appropriate for them,” said Michael Paranzino, president of Psoriasis Cure Now. “That psoriasis patient waited a quarter century to clear his skin, and many psoriasis patients have been waiting even longer than that. People who are not satisfied with their current condition owe it to themselves to speak with their physician about all the new treatment options that have appeared in recent years.”
Remicade is also approved for several other diseases, including psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Previous Psoriasis Cure Now podcasts have covered topics including strategies for treating children with psoriasis, and the future of psoriasis treatments. The next one, to be released near the end of October, will be an introduction to psoriatic arthritis. They are all available free from the Psoriasis Cure Now website and via iTunes.
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Diagnosis of Psoriasis
There is no recommended blood test or specific procedure to diagnose Psoriasis. Often, scraping or performing a skin biopsy maybe needed to eliminate any other skin disease other than Psoriasis. Often, results of a skin biopsy will reveal pegs which resemble clubbed. If this is found, then it indicates Psoriasis. If plaques appear scraped the pinpoint will be bleeding. This is another typical diagnosis sign of Psoriasis.
It can be difficult for the doctor to diagnose psoriasis in the early stages, when the disease may be limited to rough patches on the elbows. Certain symptoms, such as a dandruff-like scalp condition or what looks like a fungal infection, may be hard to recognize as psoriasis. Nail pits may be a sign of early psoriasis, but they may also be a sign of other conditions. The diagnosis is straightforward if the doctor examines the skin and sees thick, red, flaky patches-the plaques characteristic of psoriasis.
Common places of occurrence where psoriasis occurs in the body
Common body parts where Psoriasis occurs include the knees and elbows. However, other areas such as genitals and the scalp can be affected by Psoriasis. Unlike eczema, in the case of Psoriasis, the condition occurs on extensor portion of a joint. The extent of Psoriasis occurrence can vary from specific spots to the entire body. In a specific case of Psoriasis called Psoriatic Nail Dystrophy the toenails and fingernails are commonly infected. This condition occurs in isolation to the rest of the body.
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Resources of Interest on Psoriasis:
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- Causes, Incidence and Risk Factors on Psoriasis
- Psoriasis Information
- Psoriasis Treatment
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Although anti-inflammatory solutions could relieve symptoms of the disease they do not solve the underlying cause and may not be the right option for cure. There can be serious variation between individuals in the effectiveness of specific psoriasis treatments and, thanks to this, dermatologists sometimes use a trial-and-error approach to finding the most appropriate treatment for their patient. It has long been proven that frequent, short, non-burning exposure to sunlight is known to slow down or improve psoriasis. Psoriasis is frequently a lifelong problem; there is currently no cure but various treatments can help to alleviate the symptoms that affect the sufferer. Psoriasis can get worse over time but it is not possible to predict those that will go on to develop serious psoriasis or those in whom the disease may appear to recede.