The skincare industry is huge, with multi-million pound sales achieved in hand and body moisturisers alone, and these are often really needed at certain times of the year, where dry skin occurs more frequently. While these fluctuations may be common, for some, these are abnormal variations; where there is the possibility of psoriasis, seek out medical assistance and treatment.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disease which leads to the inflammation, swelling and scaling of the skin. It begins in the immune system – with the T cells, and these help to protect the body against any potential disease. With psoriasis, these T cells are activated by mistake and they trigger off other immune protective responses, which in turn leads to the increased production of skin cells and suddenly, inflamed patches of skin will occur.
The following list forms some of the most commonly experienced symptoms:
1. One of the most common symptoms is red patches occurring where skin cells have multiplied at a substantial rate. Once on the surface of the skin, these skin cells die and raised red itchy plaques are formed.
2. Have you taken a look at your nails recently? Nail psoriasis can alter the way your fingernails and toenails can look. They may change shape or colour, can thicken and can even be tender to the touch.
3. Skin can become dry and cracked on the outer layer of the epidermis. This happens due to the quantity of new cells pushing toward the surface.
4. These red skin cells will become itchy and irritated and scratching will make the skin much worse.
5. There are various types of psoriasis and pustular psoriasis forms non-infectious blisters surrounded by red looking skin. The pus is not infected; it is actually white blood cells. The blisters can occur anywhere on the body but most commonly, on the hands and feet.
6. Bleeding skin often occurs as the skin cells start to push up to the surface and blisters along with dry and cracked skin start to form. The epidermis is unable to completely form and this means there is the thinnest barrier to prevent bleeding. Scratching will easily cause an abrasion.
7. Swollen joints are common and there may be stiffness and pain experienced too. Most often, this is as a result of psoriatic arthritis, which affects the joints and skin.
There is no cure for psoriasis, therefore it makes sense to watch out for any symptoms, have medical treatment and understand the condition; this will help you to avoid the potential for a flare-up.