Psoriasis is one of the most stubborn skin diseases. It is a chronic disease characterized by thick, red, silvery, scaled patches of skin. This disease affects both sexes equally and usually first appears at the age ranging from 15 to 30 years, although it may appear at any age. It is however, rare in infancy and old age. Psoriasis is not contagious. Flexural psoriasis is more frequent and severe in people who are overweight because it is in the skin folds where it is particularly prone to irritation from rubbing and sweating. It is also called inverse psoriasis.
In the United Kingdom, it is believed that around 1.2 million people suffer from this depressive and resistant disease. This figure is similarly affected in many countries around the world.
The inflamed and flaked skin associated with Psoriasis is often accompanied by a severe itching sensation that may cause sufferers to scratch so vigorously that they draw blood. One cause of flexural psoriasis may be yeast overgrowth, as well as high sensitivity to friction or sweating. The skin lesions are further intensified by the sweat and skin rubbing together in the skin folds.
Certain factors may lead to outbreaks of Flexural Psoriasis:
- Diet imbalances
- Stress, depression, and anxiety
- Beta blockers
- Antidepressant drugs
- Seasonal changes
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Excessive heat or cold
Symptom of Flexural Psoriasis are as follows -
- Smooth, vivid red, moist patches without a scaly surface
- Sensitivity to friction and sweating
- Pain and itchiness in the affected area
A cleansing fast that consists of seven days of fruit juice and water is sometimes recommended as the first step in the treatment process since Flexural Psoriasis is a metabolic illness. Citrus fruit and juices should be avoided, but carrots, cucumbers, and grapes can be used during this time.
Sunshine may help to clear psoriasis. It is found that in many people it improves dramatically during sunny holidays. Take care, as psoriasis may develop in areas of sunburn, and fair skin exposed to ultraviolet radiation becomes prematurely aged and may develop skin cancer.
Stronger topical steroids need to be used with care, only for a few days, thinly and very accurately applied to the psoriasis. If the psoriasis has cleared, stop the steroid cream. The steroid cream may be used again when the condition recurs. Calcipotriol cream is an effective and safe treatment for psoriasis in the flexures and should be applied twice daily.
Two of the therapies currently being used, etanercept and remicade, are already available for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Both therapies are tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers, which work by interfering with specific immune responses that are responsible for psoriasis.