IS PSORIASIS ITCHY?
Psoriasis is one of the most common skin diseases that are autoimmune in nature and tends to speed up the life cycle of the skin cells in our body. It causes the skin cells to build rapidly, causing them to appear like red patches on the skin, and which can be itchy and sometimes painful.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease that never just goes away. The treatment that is yet to be found is aimed at stopping the rapid growth of skin cells. There is no definite cure for this condition, although you can reduce the symptoms and go with certain medicines and natural remedies like using moisturizers to help treat the skin.
The most common type of psoriasis causes the skin to become dry, covered with red scaly lines that are painful and itchy. They tend to appear anywhere on the body including genitals and soft tissues. A person suffers from this condition when he/she has a problem in his/her immune system that causes it to produce extra skin cells which move to the outer layer of the skin and end up forming red patches. This tends to make the skin red and irritated.
The word ‘psoriasis’ comes from a Greek word that means ‘itch’. It is not an itchy condition exactly but certain types of psoriasis are itchy in nature. They usually define the severity of the condition. Recently it has been found that itchiness is one the major symptoms of this skin disease. The itchiness is caused by inflammation of the skin and flakiness. It is even seen that itching is caused in areas that are not covered by psoriasis. Itchiness causes the temptation to scratch the area, which makes it worse. Stress is considered as another symptom that can trigger the itchiness.
These conditions cannot be completely cured, but few medicines and ointments can help keep the itchiness at bay.
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