I've been freaking out! My best friend is a dermatologist and I learn a lot from him. Since I started to worry more about the skin issue, I always ask her all my doubts about it... And you don't know everything I'm learning! To give you an example, yesterday he explained to me what psoriasis consists of... Do you want me to explain it to you? Keep reading!
What is male psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a dermatological disease characterized by the appearance of erythematous plaques (eroded blisters caused by friction and superinfection) and scaling on the body, especially in flexion areas (such as the elbows or knees ).
However, and although they have many similarities, it is very important not to confuse psoriasis with atopic dermatitis . Until yesterday I thought they were the same disease. Did you confuse them too? Well, we were both wrong!
Why does psoriasis appear?
Although to this day research continues on this skin disease , it is believed that the main cause of it is directly related to the immune system , since, supposedly, the skin cells in charge of fighting infections would attack healthy cells. of the epidermis .
However, there are many causes that can trigger psoriasis . Among the most common are stress and anxiety . In these two cases , psoriasis would be called nervous psoriasis due to the imbalance caused by both factors in the body .
In any case, genetics can also play a fundamental role in the appearance of psoriasis , since it is the only way to transmit it (because it is not contagious as such, but it can be inherited from fathers/mothers to sons/daughters).
In addition, external factors also often affect our skin . Among them, the most problematic are usually weather factors and tobacco and alcohol consumption .
What symptoms does psoriasis cause?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease , so sometimes it disappears and reactivates . Anyway, don't worry! Because it is benign and does not carry any dermatological risk . However, it is important to detect and treat it as soon as possible, mainly because of the symptoms it can cause to your skin.
Among the most common symptoms that psoriasis can produce on the skin are irritation , scaling , itching and pain of the epidermis , the appearance of spots and inflammation of the joints .
In addition, if psoriasis is not treated , it can cause more serious symptoms such as the gradual destruction of the bones , the stiffness of the joints and different deformations . The most affected areas in these cases are usually the spine , hips and fingers , both hands and feet.
In which areas do the symptoms of psoriasis usually appear?
However, although the most common is that psoriasis affects the skin (especially the knees and elbows ), it must be taken into account that many times it can also affect our nails , eyes , joints , the genital area or the cardiovascular system.
In these cases, for example, people who suffer from psoriasis may see their genital area affected, so that when it comes to having sex , they may experience a feeling of discomfort, shame, or low self-esteem.
How to treat psoriasis?
Treatments against psoriasis try to reduce symptoms (such as flaking and proliferation of skin cells) as much as possible, in order to improve the quality of life of the person who suffers from it. For this, oatmeal soap is very good for skin with this disease, since it relieves pain and itching , as well as reducing inflammation that can cause us.
In addition, people who suffer from it are usually recommended to take baths of about 5 or 10 minutes with warm water and emollient substances to relieve itching and to hydrate the skin . However, you must bear in mind that it is much better to take short showers than long baths for this type of skin disease .
Keep in mind that how you take care of your skin is always very important, but in the case of psoriasis , it is essential . Poor skin treatment can cause a relapse or a worsening of the disease. Therefore, if your skin suffers from psoriasis, I recommend our
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