Psoriasis is a common skin disorder that produces thick red plaques covered with silvery scales. The most common areas affected are the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back, although any skin surface may be involved. It can also occur in the nails and body folds.
Psoriasis can be considered as the vitiation of Vata and Kapha. Accumulation of low potency poisons (Dooshi vishas), are the basic pathological changes taking place in the system. Irregular food habits, consumption of foodstuffs together (Eg: diary products with fish), excessive intake of yogurt, black gram, seafood, sour and salted items etc can activate the pathogenesis. Alcohol, tobacco consumption and stress will act as a catalyst here.
Psoriasis starts as small red bumps, which enlarge and become scaly. The skin appears thick, but may bleed easily if the scales are picked or rubbed off.
In addition, the rash may produce:
- Pitted, cracked, crumbly, or loose nails
Causes of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person. It can, though, occur in members of the same family.The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it is believed that a combination of factors contributes to the development of the disease. An abnormality in the immune system causes inflammation in the skin, triggering new skin cells to develop too quickly. The buildup of old cells being replaced by new cells creates the silver scales of psoriasis.
Tips and Diet
- A strict diet regime has to be followed during it is better to continue as vegetarian.
- Yogurt, black gram, chilies and salted thing have to be restricted.
- Avoid refrigerated/chilled foods.
- Psoriatic must keep a state of mental calmness.