Psoriasis is a common skin disease characterized by thickened patches of inflamed, red skin covered with thick, silvery scales. The elbows and knees are the most common areas affected by psoriasis. It will often appear in the same place on both sides of the body.
The patches can range in size from smaller than a dime to larger than a hand. Whatever the case is, treatment for psoriasis is much needed.
Acitretin is a retinoid with properties similar to vitamin A used as treatment for psoriasis. For most patients, it does not appear to be as effective as methotrexate or cyclosporine in the treatment of plaque psoriasis. However, it works quite well for pustular psoriasis. Side effects of such treatment for psoriasis include dryness of the skin, lips, eyes and nose, elevation of the cholesterol and triglyceride levels, liver toxicity and bone changes. Since it may cause birth defects, it is used mainly in men, women who are post-menopausal or have had a hysterectomy. Monitoring by your doctor, and regular blood tests are required while taking this medication.
Normally, it takes about a month for new skin cells to move from the lowest layer of the skin, where they first form, to the outermost layer, where they die and scale off in flakes in treatment for psoriasis. In psoriasis, the life cycle of skin cells speeds up, resulting in a multitude of dead cells on the skin’s outer layer. The skin disease is not contagious. Doctors believe psoriasis to be an inherited disease, influenced by many factors. But researchers have not been able to identify the gene or genes responsible for psoriasis.
There is an immune activation of white cells called lymphocytes. The type of lymphocytes called T-cell lymphocytes are activated and in turn produce chemical mediators known as cytokines. These cause the cells within the epidermis to grow quickly. Lymphocytes are part of the defense system and are in a sense the paratroopers of the immune system that attack a variety of antigens such as viruses. The skin is very active in the immunological organ that explains why we develop rashes as a result of allergic reactions to multiple substances including medications.
Treatment for psoriasis, characterized by a few isolated raised patches, begins with skin care, which includes keeping your skin moist and lubricated. Basic treatment approaches often involve combinations of therapies and products that can usually be purchased without a prescription, including creams, ointments, and lotions, to lubricate the skin and also shampoos, oils, and sprays, to treat psoriasis of the scalp. There are many ointments, as treatment for psoriasis of the nails and in rare cases, exposure to tender sunlight can also help healing the psoriasis.
Some topical treatment for psoriasis
· Vitamin D compounds such as calcipotriene.
· Topical corticosteroids.
· Retinoids such as tazarotene.
· Anthralin and tars.
Acacia is considered as valuable herb for treating various skin allergies. It regulates the histamine secretion and helps building immunity to fight against various allergens. The herb is found in various formula designed to cure eczema, acne and various inflammatory conditions of the skin.
Some benefits are mentioned below –
* Any skin problem especially skin allergies
* As a blood purifier (hematological disorders)
It is considered to be very valuable in treating enlarged liver, spleen, and dropsy. In Ayurvedic texts, the herb is also mentioned to have fair complexion of the skin.
The herb has many uses to treat various health ailments but some of the indications are preferred for the herb as Eclipta shows excellent results treating those conditions –
* The best hair and skin care herb
* Hepatic and Splenic diseases