Types, Causes and Solutions for Psoriasis

Sunday 7 March 2021

Psoriasis develops when the life cycle of the skin cells is speeded up, causing them to die and build up on the skin surface too quickly. The over-production of skin cells cause red, scaly patches on the skin, making it itchy and painful.

Psoriasis has well-defined, thick, red and scaly patches. The patches appear on the elbows and knees, as well as face, buttocks, palms, soles and scalp.

These are the differences observed in eczema cases, when compared to psoriasis:

- The skin is less inflamed.
- The skin is sometimes scaly, but can also be oozing or crusty.
- There may be swelling or dark, leathery patches.
- Eczema tends to appear in crooks (or inner parts) of knees and elbows. It also appear on neck, wrists and ankles.
- Eczema is more commonly associated with children.
- The itching is more intense.

Types of psoriasis

(a) Plaque psoriasis is the most common type, forming red, silvery scaly patches. It can occur on any part of the body, including inside the mouth and on the genitals.

(b) Nail psoriasis can cause abnormal nail growth, pits and discolouration of the nails.

(c) Guttate psoriasis, where the patches look like water drop-shaped lesions. This affects young children and young adults and is usually triggered by bacterial infection such as sore throat.

(d) Inverse psoriasis, which affects the skin on armpits, groin, under the breasts or the genitals. These become worse with friction from tight clothing or sweating.

(e) Pustular psoriasis has pus-filled blisters on top of the red skin. It can get quite bad because it may be associated with fever, severe itching and diarrhoea.

(f) Erythrodermic psoriasis is the rarest type but one of the worst because it covers the entire body with a red rash that peels easily.

(g) Psoriatic arthritis is when psoriasis gives rise to joint pain. The underlying issue is inflammation and erosion of the joints, leading to stiffness and swelling.

Causes of psoriasis

Psoriasis is a type of Autoimmune disorder. The WBC called T lymphocytes and neutrophils attack healthy skin cells by mistake. They travel to the skin, causing the blood vessels to dilate and skin cells to overproduce.

The situation is worse if you have a Genetic predisposition for it.

Other triggers of psoriasis include:

(a) Sore throats caused by bacteria, especially Streptococcus.

(b) Skin infection / injuries e.g. burns, sunburns, bites and cuts.

(c) Stress.

(d) Smoking and alcohol.

(e) Medicines including beta-blockers (for HBP), lithium (for psychotic disorders) and malarial drugs.

(Source: Thick, scaly patches by Dr Y.L.M., Starhealth, 8 Dec 2019)


You can try these methods to manage your condition:
- Moisturise your skin.
- Give up smoking an alcohol.
- Stop taking those medications.
- Manage stress levels.

At the same time, I recommend that you complement with Lingzhi / Ganoderma.
It works because it can effectively:

1) Normalise and regulate the activities of T cells.
2) Alleviate the uncomfortable and painful symptoms.
3) Inhibit the occurrence of allergic reactions.

For further explanation, please click through to this article:

How Lingzhi Works Against Allergic Reactions

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