Plaque Psoriasis Treatment
Treatment of Plaque Psoriasis
In the treatment of plaque psoriasis, you may not always be able to control the factors that trigger or cause your condition, but you can control your approach toward tackling those triggers. A natural treatment to improve plaque psoriasis skin can be found in basic lifestyle changes. Plaque psoriasis tends to flare-up when the person is exposed to certain trigger factors. These substances or conditions such as lack of sunlight and low indoor humidity in the winter months, injury to the skin can cause the formation of a psoriasis, infections caused by bacteria or viruses can cause a psoriasis flare, stress can trigger a plaque psoriasis flare, but research scientists are still unclear about exactly how this occurs. Studies do show that not only can a sudden, stressful event trigger a rash to worsen; daily hassles of life can also trigger the symptoms of a flare.
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What is Plaque Psoriasis
The most common form of psoriasis is Plaque psoriasis also known as psoriasis vulgaris (vulgaris meaning common). The characteristic symptoms include inflamed skin lesions topped with silvery white scales. The scales are actually a buildup of dead skin cells. The symptoms can be very itchy, irritating and painful.
Chronic (or common) plaque psoriasis affects over 90% of psoriasis sufferers. The chronic plaque-type is very much an adult condition and is seldom seen in children. You can see progression of the appearance of the plaque type psoriasis at the International Eczema-Psoriasis Foundation.
The most common appearance of plaque psoriasis is its shape. The shape looks like little round circles or ovals on the skin. Sometimes with plaque psoriasis there is a unique shape to them what so ever. These lesions can be located anywhere on the body and has a reddish color to silvery-white color.
Where Does Plaque Psoriasis Occur
The appearance that is produced by the plaques can vary, depending on where they are on the body. The plaque will have a well-defined edge, although the plaque can appear anywhere on the body, the most common location on the boady are the scalp, knees and elbows.
Plaque can also be found on the palms and soles, however due to the thickness of the skin in these areas, they may not appear to be very red in color.
The face is rarely affected. However, if the scalp is involved, you may develop psoriasis on the hairline and forehead.
If the plaque is locate in moist areas, such as in the creases of the armpits or below the buttocks or between them. Mostly likely there is no scaling in these ares.
The symptoms of chronic plaque psoriasis may not always itchy, nor does is it always cause discomfort. But, its appearance, with the shedding of the dead/flaky skin, causes many patients a great deal of emotional distress.
Cause of Plaque Psoriasis
Plaque psoriasis may result from an imbalance in the immune system in which the white blood cells that protect the body from infection abnormally trigger a reactive inflammation in the skin. This abnormal reaction will also cause skin cells to grow faster than normal and to pile up in raised patches on the outer surface of the skin creating the raised plaque.