How to get rid of psoriasis is something everyone wonders if they develop the condition once they see how unsightly it looks. Some people may be thinking, “I’ve heard that word before” but have no clue what it means. Before you can wonder how in the world to get rid of psoriasis, you should be sure you know what it actually is and then determine if it’s what you have. Psoriasis is a fairly common, chronic, autoimmune skin condition that affects teenagers and adults. It’s characterized by red, raised, scaly, painful patches of skin on the scalp, arms, legs, joints, and genitalia…usually. First, let’s check out some ways of dealing with this bizarre illness.
- Know this up-front: There is no cure. Like HPV, psoriasis cannot be actually cured – it can only be controlled and the outbreaks themselves can only be treated.
- Be a softy. Skin moisturizers will help the scaly areas become…well…less scaly. When the affected skin is softened, it will reduce the risk of breakage and succeeding risk of infection
- Light therapy. This is essentially exposure to controlled sunlight (which, by itself, does help reduce psoriasis scars and blisters).
- Immuno-suppressants. This is often a last resort as far as psoriasis treatments, and it’s reserved only for the very severe cases that won’t respond to anything else. If you are already have an auto-immune problem, then this will not be an option for you for obvious reasons. You will need what little of an immune system you have left to keep you alive.
- Medications. Certain prescriptions like Humira and Remicade are used to treat psoriasis by blocking the immune system…yet they aren’t considered immuno-suppressants. Humira prevents necrosis of tumors, and Remicade is an antibody. Weird, but they are used to treat several types of ailments besides psoriasis too.
This condition looks and sounds dreadful, and there are six different possible forms. While the erythrodermic kind can be potentially fatal, psoriasis itself is neither terminal nor contagious. You’re probably speculating how you catch psoriasis if it can’t be ‘caught’, right? This non-infectious illness occurs when your T-type white blood cells go haywire, decide they hate you, and start inflaming your outer body and making skin cells cultivate at a more rapid rate. The average person doesn’t require all that skin, so the final outcome is the presence of oversize, crusty patches of flesh everywhere. The most typical means of contracting the disease is genetics, so you can thank and subsequently kick your parents for turning you into a human alligator.
Much like genital warts, psoriasis occurs in outbreaks, meaning that you’ll have the disease, but maybe you won’t always have the enormous red splotches. Depending on what form you have, there may not even be spots. You might be fortunate enough to just have some rough, flaky skin around your elbows and knees; this still looks pretty freaky, but not as much as the pustular type. However, sometimes the skin patches get so dry and scaly that they split open and expose the inner skin. This is called plaque psoriasis with fissures, and it’s a breeding ground for infection.
If you want to get rid of psoriasis (and anyone who has it does), unfortunately, you’re out of luck. On the upside, the presence of this ailment usually will not interfere with your overall health…unless you happen to get the erythrodermic or arthritic varieties. Employing the proper treatment combinations can prevent outbreaks from occurring with too much frequency or severity, and that’s all you can really do about this particular condition.