Treatment of Koebner Phenomenon
Treatment choices for Koebner Phenomenon Psoriasis are essentially the same as for other primary psoriatic occurrences. Koebner Phenomenon Psoriasis is a complex interaction involving several factors and/or conditions. Koebner Phenomenon Psoriasis occurs when skin cells mature at an accelerated rate. On a normal basis, skin cells grow, mature, and shed about once a month. Skin cells of a person with psoriasis grow nearly seven times faster and build up at the skin's surface resulting in red, raised, scaly patches and lesions. Therefore successful treatment of Koebner Phenomenon psoriasis must address many aspects of skin care and total health care. Anything that creates changes in the body or in the skin can impact psoriasis and its treatment. Balancing those factors, which in the past have influenced your psoriasis, will help to control or manage your psoriasis. An essential method to improve Koebner Phenomenon psoriasis can be found in basic lifestyle changes, moisturizing dry skin patches with jojoba oil and daily application of Psoriasis-Ltd. Psoriasis-Ltd will improve the appearance of skin that is sensitive or inflamed due to psoriasis. Psoriasis-Ltd is not a drug or topical steroid; it is composed of natural minerals, which help nourish damaged and irritated skin often related to eczema symptoms. Within days, you will notice positive changes in the condition of your skin.
What is Koebner Phenomenon Psoriasis?
Koebner Phenomenon psoriasis is an isomorphic response or phenomenon used to describe psoriatic lesions which appear at the site of injury, infection or other skin psoriasis. First identified in 1872 by Heinrich Koebner. Dr Koebner, a German physician, discovered the phenomenon in a psoriasis patient who was bitten by a horse and developed new lesions at the site the wound. Many more instances of the phenomenon were subsequently recorded, and the relationship between skin injuries and new lesions was recognized and named after its discoverer. This relationship between skin injury and developing new psoriatic lesions has been observed in many patients.
In the Koebner phenomenon, people with psoriasis observe new lesions 10 to 14 days after the skin is cut, scratched, rubbed, or severely sunburned, but it can appear up to several years afterwards. Other characteristics observed are that it does not affect any area in particular, appears most commonly in winter and especially affects children. The degree of psoriasis can also vary from individual to individual. It ranges in severity from mild (affects less than 2% of body) to moderate (affects 2-10% of body) to severe (affects greater than 10% of the body). Skin injury and irritation, sun exposure, diet, stress and anxiety, medications, and infections have been known to make psoriasis worse.
There are many stages of Koebner psoriasis. Some patients may experience very little psoriasis symptoms while other patients may experience severe symptoms and signs of Koebner Phenomenon psoriasis. Without treatment, Koebner's psoriasis is a potentially life-disruptive condition.
The Cause of Koebner Phenomenon Psoriasis
What actually causes the Koebner phenomenon is still unknown, however, Koebner phenomenon seems to effect patients who develop psoriasis before age 15. Roughly 50% of psoriasis patients will experience new lesions at the site of healing wounds. Also approximately 10% of psoriasis patients will experience the Koebner Phenomenon with every skin injury. These chances of occurrence will increase when the psoriasis is at an active stage.
Even though the Koebner phenomenon is associated with psoriasis patients, it may occur in people that are affected with many other types of skin conditions including eczema, systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lichen planus, and warts. These Skin conditions have been found to trigger Koebner's phenomenon include: any type of dermatitis, a Herpes breakout, skin boils, Lichen Planus, and Vitilgo. Koebner phenomenon can also result from trauma to the skin from such factors as insect bites; irritation resulting from a chemical reaction on the skin; injuries to the skin such as burns, bruises, cuts or scrapes, sunburn, or skin chafing; skin procedures such as tattoos or acupuncture. In some cases shaving or even the adhesive from a band-aid can result in Koebner phenomenon. In rare instances, it has been known to occur at the site of an old scar.