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  • What is Psoriasis?

    Struggling with your psoriasis? Please find below helpful information to better educate yourself on your current situation.
    Psoriasis is in fact a very common, long-termand non-contagious skin condition, whereby the skin cells are excessively regenerated and grown in a matter of days rather than weeks.It causes serious skin disordersthat can vary from mild to severe, whereby the affected areas are the hands, feet, head, knees, elbows, face and other parts of the body.Hence, often leading to inflamed, sore, irritating and scratchy patches on the skin, that may cause bleeding from time to time.Psoriasis can affect a person on a physical level through visible skin problems, but at the same time on an emotional and psychosocial well-being level as well, as it may lead to depression, anxiety, shame, embarrassment and lack of self-confidence.

  • Who can get Psoriasis?

    There is no specific age limit of conducting such a skin conditionand it can happen to anyone at any age starting from the age of 5 till the age of 60. However, the most common age range are people between 15 and 25 years old, and between 50 to 60 years old.In some cases, Psoriasis has been found to be linked to genetics as most people who get psoriasis typically already have a family or relative suffering from the same condition. However, it is not yet proven that having a family member with psoriasis increases your chance of conducting the disease. Therefore, this is still debatable.

  • Symptoms of Psoriasis

    The signs and symptoms of Psoriasis may vary according to different individuals, depending on the type and severity of the skin conditions. The common symptoms though are usually:
    • Inflamed red plaques which may be itchy and painful, and which may lead to bleeding.
    • Scaly patches on the skin which may be scratchy, dehydrated and sore which is very often silvery or whitish in colour.
    • White pus which may be filled with blisters that may in turn peel off with a discharge.
    • Reddish and smooth scratches which mainly result from the irritation in sensitive parts of the body.
    • Red spots which may not be very thick but are prevalent on the body surface area.
    • Pitting, discoloration or abnormal thickening of the nails of both hands and feet.
    • Swollen and stiff joints.

  • Types of psoriasis

    There are various types of psoriasis that can affect a person on different levels and severity:
    1) Plaque Psoriasis- Also known as “Psoriasis Vulgaris”. This consists mainly of reddened, thick and sore skin areas that are covered with whitish or silvery scales that are called plaques. This is usually the most common type of Psoriasis. Signs and symptoms: itching, thickening of patches, localised or combined plaques of different sizes, commonly around knees, elbows, lower back, scalp, and nails.Silvery coated plaques and ridged nails.

    2) Guttate Psoriasis-This consists of mainly little and random patches at localised areas such as the hands, feet, the back or the scalp. This is the second most common type of psoriasis. Signs and symptoms: pink, scaled and irritated skin at the affected areas. May cause infections in the upper respiratory system leading to strep throats.

    3) Pustular Psoriasis- This type of psoriasis is usually caused by medications, contaminations, pressure or anxiety or exposure to hazardous materials. It is most commonly found in areas such as the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet. Signs and symptoms: white blisters with pus on the skin surface, painful or irritated skin. Discomfort and ache with the blisters, scarring brown dots on skin after pus is dried.

    4) Inverse Psoriasis- This type of Psoriasis is usually associated with the other types of Psoriasis that may be seen at the same time in a person. This may be more prominent in skin folds areas such as the armpits which may get worse by friction and heavy sweating during strenuous physical activities. Signs and symptoms: irritated red patches with smooth and glossy effect.

    5) Erythrodermic Psoriasis- This consists of the type of Psoriasis that usually affects the greatest body surface area with inflamed red skin. This may be the result of prolonged time under the sun or medications or even due to negligence in controlling the initial stages of psoriasis. Erythrodermic Psoriasis may be very risky in some cases as it may be linked with cardiac arrest, hypothermia and electrolytes disproportion. Signs and symptoms: largely inflamed and red skin areas with little scaling that can cover almost the whole-body surface area. It comes with intense itching and severe aches.

    6) Psoriatic Arthritis- Now this consists ofan inflammation that may be caused in the joints of the person suffering from the condition, most commonly in the knees, hands, elbows and ankles. It can range from mild to severe, and in the long run may lead to stiffness and progressive damage without the necessary precautions. Signs and symptoms: Swollen and painful joints along with inflamed skin plaques. Some people can have one or more than one type of Psoriasis at the same time. If untreated, psoriasis can lead to other potential and risky health conditions in the long run, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, Crohn’s disease,depression, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, osteoporosis, uveitis and liver disease. In worst situations, psoriasis may be linked to Arthritis, and according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, around 10-30% of psoriasis sufferers are aggrieved by arthritis.

  • So, what actually causes Psoriasis?

    The real and initial cause of developing such a condition is still unclear as of today. There have been quite some evidences that genes, the immune system and environmental factors may somehow contribute to it. Another important factors that are considered to contribute to the condition are stressful events, strep throat, medications or vaccines containing lithium, cold seasons, dry skin or even a simple cut or sunburn. Other factors that may contribute or worsen the case may be smoking, bad eating habits, alcohol and obesity.
    Despite psoriasis cannot be cured completely, there are numerous ways to treat such a condition, for example through phototherapy, topical creams and ointments, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and amongst others. (Please see below section for more details).

  • Did you know?

    One common misconception is that Psoriasis can be contagious and you can easily catch it while touching someone with this condition. However, this is not true!!! Psoriasis is not transmissible through touch, swimming in the same pool or any other close connection to the person. Other common myths are psoriasis is only related to the skin and does not affect your health. This is definitely not the case as Psoriasis affect the physical and mental health of people, which can in turn lead to serious other health issues. It is also wrong to believe that you can make your psoriasis disappear once for all, but it is not wrong to believe that you cannot live with it. We at P&V Care are here to help you and guide you at each and every step of your journey with psoriasis, so that you may emerge victorious at the end of the day.

  • Latest stats

    Psoriasis somehow tends to affect an individual more on an emotional level as compared to a physical level. It has been found to lead to serious social and personal issues such as shame and embarrassment, depressions, anxiety, difficulties to concentrate and work, lack of self-confidence or even negative impact on a person’s sexual function. According to a recent survey in 2017 conducted among people suffering from Psoriasis, the percentage of people who felt ashamed of their conditions were as follows: 25% in the US, 55% in the UK, 23% in Denmark and 45% in Australia. In the UK, at least one fifth of the people who had Psoriasis, missed at least one work or important event due to their condition.
    But why is it so? The answer is simply because of the way that Psoriasis is treated and regarded through a negative perception in our society. Thus, we are here to increase the awareness and promote a more positive insight by shedding more light on the condition in our society as a whole.Hence, helping you to be among the remaining 45% of the population who are living freely with their Psoriasis, and also to decrease the 55% of negative mindset to the lowest possible level.
    Scientifically speaking, Psoriasis cannot be cured so far. However, no one said that you cannot treat it to lead a more positive life. Below sections will enhance your knowledge on the different possible treatments for Psoriasis.

  • How can you treat Psoriasis?

    As we say, there is no one size fits all kind of treatment. Therefore, in order to ensure better results, one might have to alter between the different types of treatment so as to find the best one or even use a mix of these treatments. Below are the important ways of treating your Psoriasis, namely:

  • Topical Treatments

    1) Topical Treatments
    This form of therapy usually consists of topicals, that is, creams and ointments, that may be applied directly onto the affected area on the skin so as to diminish the irritation and prevent further uneven skin cell development. This type of treatment is mostly suitable for those who suffer from mild to moderate form of Psoriasis. Important topical treatments may include:
    • Salicylic acid which Helps in the slowing of dead skin cells and reduces scaling.
    • Coal Tar which reduces itching, scaling and irritation.
    • Products with Vitamins D that help in the slowing down of irregular skin growth.
    • Vitamin A derivatives to reduce irritation of the skin.
    • Effective moisturisers and ointments which help in reducing the dryness and scaling off of the skin.
    • Efficient shampoos, conditioners and scalp oil that may help with the scalp Psoriasis, such as the M-Folia products.
    • Swollen and stiff joints.

  • Systemic Medications

    2) Systemic Medications
    This form of treatment usually consists of medical drugs that can be obtained from doctors’ prescriptions, that may need to be taken orally or through injections. Some important examples are:
    • Retinoids which are derivatives of Vitamin A
    • Methotrexate which help to reduce unnecessary skin growth and decrease irritation, and may even help in Psoriasis Arthritis
    • Biologics such as etanercept (Enbrel), infliximab (Remicade), adalimumab (Humira), ustekinumab (Stelara), golimumab (Simponi), apremilast (Otezla), secukinumab (Cosentyx) and ixekizumab (Taltz) However, such medications are normally prescribed for short periods of time due to their severe side effects.

  • Phototherapy

    3) Phototherapy
    Phototherapy is considered to be the most efficient, fast and risk-free type of treatment for Psoriasis.Phototherapy makes use of UV Rays that are shed directly onto the infected areas, that in turn helps to decrease the affected skin cells and reduce inflammation. This method makes use of both UVA and UVB rays, which are effective, non-invasive and non-carcinogenic in nature.Owing to its effectiveness and safety attributes, this type of light therapy has been found to be the most common and most preferred type of treatment among Psoriasis sufferers.
    We hence bring to you some important and efficient products of Phototherapy as follows:
    • Personal Phototherapy products: Dermalight 80, Dermalight 80 Wood light, Dermalight 200, Dermalight 500 Home.
    • Professional Phototherapy products: Dermalight 500 Pro, Dermalight 1000, Dermalight 200, Dermalight 3000.
    (Please refer to the Phototherapy section for more details on the different products and how they work).

  • Natural treatments and supplements

    Natural or holistic treatment aims to get to the root of the problem. For many people, anti-inflammatory foods combined with a healing psoriasis diet is one of the best ways to naturally treat psoriasis.Some experts believe that psoriasis is actually caused by intestinal permeability, specifically in the area between the duodenum and the jejunum. Consequently, the body seeks to eliminate the toxins through the skin. In this model, psoriasis represents the body’s desperate attempt to cleanse itself.
    Hence, important natural products that may help in improving your Psoriasis condition may be the KIKI products with probiotics foods as well as other foods rich in high-fibre, anti-oxidants and high zinc concentration.In addition, essential oils have also been found to be very efficient in treating inflammations. (Please refer to our Health Supplements section for more details)

  • Healthy living

    This form of treatment normally consists of improving your lifestyle through diets, exercises and reducing your stress level which may contribute to find the perfect balance and regain control of your life.Is this really helpful? The answer is a definite YES!!! Eating correctly and working out is helpful for everyone's health. Especially when you’re living with psoriasis, making the right and healthy choices become even more imperative.In addition, though not being the cause, Stress may be a major contributor to trigger or worsen Psoriasis in an individual.
    Diets and exercises help in improving your heart health and as well as help you in your weight loss. This is very important as it may reduce the risks of diabetes, high cholesterol levels and hypertension. Also, it may be easier said than done but take your time to relax and eliminate stress in your life and you will see the difference. Techniques like yoga, meditation, or even deep breathing exercises have indeed surprising benefits in your case.
    (Please refer to our Healthy living section for more in-depth details.)

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