Are you struggling with regularly itchy patches that turn red and scally in some areas of your body? Do you have relatives like your mom and dad, uncles, or aunties that have had to deal with similar problems their whole lives? Then it's possible that you might have a skin condition known as psoriasis. This is due to the unique state of your skin. This skin condition is characterized by the itchy patches, are scally and unsightly.
But this skin condition is not as a result of infection or bacterial; it’s not caused by a virus either. Medical researchers have found out that this situation is as a result of a malfunctioning gene within the body system.
This causes the auto-immune procedure of the whole body to generate new skin at a faster pace in the impacted places of your body.
Normally, takes 120 days for new skin produced by the body to fully appear from under old skin tissues cells. So when you have psoriasis, this duration is reduced drastically in impacted places. Instead of 120 days, the new skin that has been produced is forced up to the surface of the body. This forced growth results in an unhealthy patch on the body which turns itchy very fast and is prone to dryness as well, making it look scally.
So, if you are not sure if this is the condition you have, then the best thing for you is to consult a dermatologist to help you determine if that's the case. Just browsing the internet won't do you much good. Images on the Internet are not just enough to draw conclusions but they may help up to a point. The doctor might help you in various ways and maybe prescribe some drugs as well.
But then, you should bear in mind that the condition doesn't have any known cure yet. Those that have the condition can only manage the condition to help them live a much better life.
Here are some very essential suggestions that you should always keep in mind when it comes to managing psoriasis:
1. Skin psoriasis is not an infectious disease so there is really no problem if you come in contact with someone who has the condition. Bodily contact with a sufferer doesn't infect others. If you think the blotchy places on your skin is due to psoriasis, then your skin professional can recommend emollients and anti-inflammatory drugs to help bring down the swelling and pain.
2. If you have been able to manage and reduce psoriasis on your body, then that's good news. But then you should be aware that there are certain conditions or what I call triggers that cause the body to break out again into new patches. The most common triggers of skin psoriasis include tobacco and taking alcohol drinks. Knowing these triggers and keeping away from them will help stop the skin form breaking out into new patches all over again.
3. Psoriasis sufferers also should avoid overly dry conditions. Psoriasis becomes badly itchy when the affected area is very dry and scratching those areas will break the skin resulting into sores on the body. So the best bet is to keep it warm and moisturised at all times. If it helps, you can take regular baths at least 2 times a day.