Psoriasis, popularly known as psoriasis, is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by reddish, scaly and usually itchy skin areas, so-called plaques. The affected skin areas are often thickened and clearly separated from the surrounding skin.The name psoriasis is composed of the Greek words "psora" - the scale and "psao" - I scratch.
More than 14 million people worldwide live with this disease. It is important to know that psoriasis is a benign, non-infectious disease that usually occurs in relapses. How long these relapses last can vary greatly and can change again and again during the course of the disease. This disease is not yet considered curable, but with targeted therapy the symptoms can be reduced.
Often the exact connection between a trigger of psoriasis and a relapse is not completely comprehensible, as there can be several days or weeks in between.
One goes from a familial accumulation to be, whereby also with twins not both must be concerned
One goes from no familial accumulation from known triggers for a thrust:
-Stress, both physical and mental strain
-Hormonal changes (puberty, menopause)
-Drugs e.g. for the treatment of mental illness
-Environmental influences, bad is a humid-cold weather
Overzealous immune cells:
The reddening of the skin and itching are an expression of inflammatory processes produced by the defense cells of the body's own immune system.
Skin cell production is running at full speed: normally the skin renews itself every 28 days. In a psoriatic, this process takes place up to 8 times faster. The new skin cells can never fully develop until they reach the skin surface, so the quality of the overproduced skin cells suffers. The immature skin cells cannot be detached from the skin surface and that is why the typical solid scales, which are representative of this disease, appear.
- Elbows (ca 70% of all patients)
- Knee (about 50% of all patients)
- Above the buttocks
- Up to 80% of all psoriasis sufferers also have scalp psoriasis
- Nails, mucous membranes and even joints can also be affected by inflammation.
The best psoriasis therapy can only work if it is performed correctly and regularly.
Forms of therapy for psoriasis:
refatting oil baths and ointments, we achieve this effect through the high olive oil content in our soaps.
- Cortisone containing creams: have anti-inflammatory and keratolytic (local) effects, side effects: skin atrophy, infections, skin discoloration, immunosuppressive,
- UV light therapy : PUVA : has a positive effect on skin scales and redness is reduced. Side effect : can cause skin cancer and possibly lead to earlier skin aging (local)
- Systemic therapy: Immunosuppressive drugs e.g. Cyclosporin A : Effect : Immunosuppression; possible side effects: kidney dysfunction, high blood pressure, tremor, fatigue, diarrhea, muscle pain, anemia and many more
- Psolicare: intensively supporting whole body natural care soap, treats psoriasis locally, due to the high olive oil content it has a strong refatting effect.