With all the new prescription medications now out for the treatment of Psoriasis, it’s kind of interesting that no one says much about what Psoriasis or Eczema really is. The only reason that sounds logical is that those who develop and market the new treatments really don’t know what it means to have it. Psoriasis sufferers just become guinea pigs, test subjects to develop stuff to hopefully help. Absolutely everyone who suffers from it just wants to be normal. All the developers do is show generic scenes of happy, peppy people and hope that this relates to those who suffer from it. It doesn’t.
What they don’t realize is that seeing things like that don’t make us feel better, not in any way, shape or form. That’s because they don’t know, nor do they really understand, what it’s like to have it. They can’t possibly understand the personal pressure it creates just having it, the incredible itching, the pain, the massive scaling, even bleeding in some cases, the deformation of fingernails and toenails, the scaling scalp, the suffering and embarrassment, the psychological issues that are created by it. Not to mention the questions from those who aren’t aware of what it is. They don’t realize the effort that has to go into hiding it from others, just to avoid those, well meant but misguided questions. While Eczema doesn’t have effects as drastic as Psoriasis, it is none the less just as psychologically affective to its sufferers.
The reason that Psoriasis has never been in the forefront of medical concern, until now it appears, is for two reasons: 1) it’s not life threatening, although it does dramatically change your life; and 2) it is not mentioned much by those who have it, because of the embarrassment that is endured. We hide the fact that we have it from everyone we can.
Psoriasis is not some modern age disease or affliction. It has most likely been around since the beginning of time. There are several Books in the Old Testament of the Bible that refer to it, which means that it goes back to over 2,000 years. It’s mentioned in the Books of Leviticus, Numbers and Kings, calling those white, scaly skinned people lepers. Well, leprosy isn’t white, it’s generally dark colored bumps and can deform a person’s body parts. Psoriasis is white scale with red patches and, back in those times, those with Psoriasis were very likely banished into Leper colonies, no doubt a devastating sentence.
Psoriasis is not gender specific, race specific, age specific nor ethnic specific. About two percent of the world’s population suffer from it, about 7 million people in the US alone. There are many theories regarding the cause and the events that can aggravate it but, a couple things are commonly agreed upon, it has genetic origin and can skip as many as two generations, or more, and it is related to a person’s immune system.
Psoriasis is basically skin cells reproducing at an enormously more frequent rate than regular skin cells, thus creating the white scaling of dead skin and red spots, not to mention the heat generated and the general discomfort. It is similar but, much more severe than eczema. There are no tests, such as a blood test, that can diagnose Psoriasis. Its diagnosis is done visually and many people may even have it and not know, until told by someone else, or by a dermatologist. Psoriasis and Eczema are conditions for which there are no cures, only treatments to minimize the outward visual signs of it. It is NOT contagious.
There are eight basic types of Psoriasis; (1) Plaque Psoriasis, the most common type, (2) Guttate Psoriasis, (3) Pustular Psoriasis, (4) Erythrodermic Psoriasis, (5) Inverse Psoriasis, (6) Scalp Psoriasis, (7) Nail Psoriasis, and (8) Psoriatic Arthritis. It is possible to have just one, or all eight types at any given time, which affect different parts of the body and can do so simultaneously.
For more information and more complete descriptions of the types of Psoriasis, you can read the Global Report on Psoriasis, published in 2016 by the World Health Organization.
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