Psoriasis is often seen as a skin disorder, but it can also affect the joints, causing psoriasis arthritis. It is not a superficial skin disorder. Therefore, although treatment should include the use of psoriasis cream, the psoriasis cream should form part of the treatment rather than the whole treatment.
Psoriasis commonly causes red, scaly patches to appear on the skin surfaces, which can be extremely irritating. In localised patches, or covering a large part of the body. it takes on a scaly, silvery appearance as the build up of skin accumulates. (Skin cells normally develop, mature and shed every 28 to 30 days, but with psoriasis, new skin production becomes excessive and develops much faster.) Most commonly affected areas are elbows, knees, fingernails, scalp, arms, legs and back, but any area is vulnerable.
It is not contagious. The cause of psoriasis is, to the best of my knowledge, not known. It is believed to be partially genetic, but has a number of triggers or aggravators, which could include stress, smoking and excessive use of alcohol. Food allergies and nutritional deficiencies may play a substantial role as triggers, as may a reaction to certain drugs, or an accumulation of toxins in the colon.
Treatment Including Psoriasis Cream
Psoriasis cream forms a large part of the treatment, but bearing in mind that the triggers could be internal rather than an external infection, paying attention to a healthy diet and lifestyle should be an integral part of the treatment.
Psoriasis cream is produced by a number of companies, including manufacturers of herbal and natural products, and can be used in conjunction with psoriasis oils, natural soaps and cleansing products. Among some of the effective brands, is a Dead Sea salt psoriasis cream, which contains minerals and nutrients from the mineral-rich Dead Sea, now so famous for its health treatments.
Psoriasis cream is readily available; but it may be advisable to consult a doctor or skin specialist to identify the type of psoriasis affecting you. There are five types:
Plaque, which probably accounts for up to 80% of occurrences and has the appearance of red, inflamed lesions, covered by the silvery-white scales.
Guttate psoriasis appears in small, red spots, and often occurs in childhood.
Inverse psoriasis appears in the areas like ears, armpits, groin, breasts and buttocks. and is deep red, smooth and shiny with a moist white surface.
Pustular psoriasis – white, pus-filled blisters form over red skin.
Erythrodermic – large areas become severely red and inflamed, and may be painful and extremely itchy.
Psoriasis cream is the most soothing and welcome part of the treatment, but check with a health practitioner for the most suitable psoriasis cream for your type of psoriasis.