- Created on Saturday, 04 February 2012 11:28
- Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012 20:38
About Plaque Psoriasis (Psoriasis Vulgaris)
Pronounced: Plak Sor-eye-ah-sis
Plaque Psoriasis is the most frequently diagnosed form of Psoriasis.
Plaque Psoriasis can be recognised by the fact that the disease manifests itself as a very clearly defined area of skin which has a raised, red and inflamed section of skin covered in silvery scales. These scales are commonly referred to as Plaques, Flakes or Scales.
Where does it appear on the body?
Plaque Psoriasis can commonly be found in the areas of the elbow, knees, scalp or torso although it seems that the most common areas are the elbows and knees.
During a normal cycle the skin takes about 30 days to replace itself. With Psoriasis the cycle of skin replacement speeds up to 3 or 4 days. This causes the layers of skin to build up much more quickly than the surrounding skin and results in the raised flakes on the psoriatic site.
Psoriasis is widely recognised as a disease caused by a genetic malfunction. This genetic malfunction causes the immune system in our bodies to react to a perceived threat and this in turn results in red and inflamed flakes, pustules or lesions on the skin.
Psoriasis treatment depends primarily on the type of Psoriasis you have and the severity of it. It is important to make sure that the type of Psoriasis has been checked and confirmed by a licensed medical professional. One thing that has become very evident here in the SkinCell Forum is that many skin disorders and diseases share common symptoms. It's very easy to assume that you have Psoriasis but you should never take anything for granted and advice from a trained medical profession should always be a top priority before any treatment is started.
The severity of a Psoriasis outbreak can be measured using either the PASI - Psoriasis Area Severity Index or the QOL - Quality Of Life Questionnaire. Neither of these measures provides a definitive "score" but they can be used to gauge the approximate coverage of our bodies or the effect the disease is having on our overall health and well-being.
Once the coverage and type have been established you and your medical professional can hopefully decide an action plan together which should best suit your individual needs. It's important to remember to get your medical professional to talk to you about the plan, the timescales for treatment, the anticipated results and most importantly what possible side effects there may to the treatment.
Don't rely on your Doctor or Dermatologist telling you, you may need to ask them.
Don't believe a word of it!
Unfortunately and despite the promises of many web sites there is no such thing as a true cure for Psoriasis. The best that a suffer can realistically hope for is long term remission, where the symptoms seems to fade away. The disease does not have any medically recognised cure.
This does not mean though that there Is no hope of a cure in the future. With the introduction of the new Biologic forms of treatment it is hoped that longer term viable relief can be given to sufferers everywhere.
The Skincell Forum has many members who suffer from psoriasis. In the forum we concentrate on the treatment and reduction of this skin disease.
There are many types of treatment for Psoriasis including the use of steroids, drugs that suppress the immune system, phototherapy, topical creams and ointments or even natural sunlight. Despite the claims made by some less responsible businesses, there is NO CURE for the disease. The best that can be hoped for is a period of remission, when the disease calms down and reduces in size or intensity.
In addition to these contemporary medicines there are many other cultures who profess to be able to offer at least some relief from Psoriasis including the use of shark body parts or a whole array of herbal medications, aromatherapy and essential oils and solutions. Unfortunately, no one method can provide relief to all sufferers.
Psoriasis is renowned as being the most perculiar of skin diseases. A treatment that gives very good results for one patient may have little or no effect on another and there seems to be no way of knowing which category you fall into. You just have to try different options by trial and error but this in turn can lead to frustration for the sufferer, having to steadily work through any number of options until they find a specific treatment that works well for them.