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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is quite a common dermatological condition characterized by rapid buildup of cells on the surface of the skin. These excess skin cells then form into scales and erythematous patches. These patches are itchy an at times painful. Psoriasis is a chronic condition which has phases of flare-up and remission. It does not have a cure but treatments are available to calm down the symptoms and increase the periods of remission.

The primary aim of the treatment for Psoriasis is to prevent the rapid growth of skin cells on the skin surface. Certain lifestyle modifications are also quite effective in calming down the symptoms of Psoriasis like healthy management of stress, use of moisturizers, an abstaining from nicotine use.

Dr. Rajeshwari’s Clinic provides the best consultation and treatment plan, and has successfully treated many patients with treatments as mentioned above with minimal to no side effects

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Causes

The root cause of Psoriasis is not completely clear. Researchers are of the opinion that it is an autoimmune condition in which there is an abnormality in the functioning of the neutrophils and T-cells whose main function is to protect the body from bacteria and virus. In psoriasis the neutrophils and T-cells mistakenly attack the healthy skin tissues resulting in the characteristic symptoms of Psoriasis.

The primary symptoms of Psoriasis include

  • Red scaly patches of skin
  • Small scaly spots, specifically in children
  • Dry and cracked skin which may bleed at times
  • Itching and pain along the affected area of the skin
  • Nails become thick and rigid
  • Joint stiffness and swelling
The severity of the symptoms of Psoriasis range from mild to severe where in some people there may just be a few spots while in others a major area of the skin gets affected. There are different types of Psoriasis but the one thing that is common among them is the waxing and waning nature of the symptoms. There are periods of flare-up from time to time and then the symptoms go into complete remission only to flare up again.

As stated, there is no cure for Psoriasis but treatments are available to calm down the inflammation and clear the spots on the skin. The treatment for Psoriasis can be divided into topical, NBUVB phototherapy, and medications. Topical treatments include creams, gels, and moisturizers that have either retinoid or corticosteroids in them to calm down the inflammation and clear the skin.

NBUVB Phototherapy:

Narrowband UVB is the most preferred and effective form of phototherapy used for treatment of psoriasis. The term Narrowband is given to a specific wavelength of the ultraviolet rays that is directed at the affected site for treating psoriasis. Dr. Rajeshwari’s Clinic has experts that treat psoriasis through NBUVB Phototherapy technique. The patient just has to spend a few minutes within the chamber where ultraviolet rays are directed at the affected site and within a few sessions the patient will be able observe improvement in the condition. Unlike, medications NBUVB technique does not have any side effects and in combination with medications as prescribed by the physician is an excellent option for treatment of Psoriasis.

Medications:

In terms of medications, corticosteroids in tapered doses are quite effective in treating the symptoms of Psoriasis along with retinoid. However, due to significant side effect profile of corticosteroids these medications are used only for a short period of time.

Dr. Rajeshwari’s clinic provides the best care for psoriasis where treatments have yielded quicker results. The patient is also educated in detail about the condition and informed about the dos and don’ts in order to give them a prolonged period of remission and prevent any recurrence.

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