Researchers have found that the immune system and genetics have much to do with the development of this condition. Both men and women develop it at equal rates. While sex is not a risk factor, race does appear to be, along with age. For example, those between the ages of 15 and 35 have a higher risk than those who are older.Do you suspect that you may have psoriasis? If so determining what type will give you a foundation to choose the best treatment for your condition. Consider the five types, their symptoms and ways to get some relief from the discomfort that this causes.
Last but not least, is the erythrodermic form. This is perhaps the most severe and causes a widespread red rash all over the body. It’s extremely itchy, painful and may even cause skin to peel off in sheets. Thankfully this type is quite rare and affects only 3% of people who have psoriasis. Unfortunately, though, it generally appears in those who have unstable plaque psoriasis. So that puts such individuals at a slightly higher risk of developing this.
A flare-up of erythrodermic psoriasis can be life-threatening and requires swift medical attention. While a doctor’s visit may be necessary in some cases, there are often things you can try first. What kinds of treatments can bring you relief?
When Your Skin Turns Against You…Fight Back
Moisturizers may help to keep your skin from getting too dry and cracking. They can also soften scales and rough patches. The same goes for bathing in Epsom salt, sea salt, bath oil and oatmeal, which can also relieve that maddening itch.
If those things do not help, your doctor may suggest prescription medicines. These may come in the form of creams, lotions, ointments, gels or even pills and injections in severe cases.
While there’s no cure for psoriasis at this point, the methods above can be immensely helpful to relieve symptoms and reduce painful and embarrassing flare-ups. When your skin turns against you, you don’t have to sit silently and take the abuse. Fight back and seek treatment that will help you to cope.