Psoriasis Facts

Posted in Dermatitis at 4:19 pm

  • Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition affecting approximately 4.5 million people in the United States.
  • Psoriasis occurs when new skin cells grow too rapidly, resulting in inflamed, swollen, scaly patches of skin in areas where the old skin has not shed quickly enough.
  • Psoriasis can be limited to a few spots or can involve more extensive areas of the body, appearing most commonly on the scalp, knees, elbows and trunk.
  • Psoriasis is not a contagious disease.
  • Psoriasis can strike people at any age, but the average age of onset is approximately 28 years. It affects both men and women, with a slightly higher prevalence in women than in men.
  • Approximately 30 percent of people with psoriasis are estimated to have moderate-to-severe forms of the disease.
  • Psoriasis can be a physically and emotionally painful condition. It often results in physical limitations, disfiguration and a significant burden in managing the daily care of the disease. Psoriasis sufferers may feel embarrassed, angry, frustrated, fearful, depressed and, in some cases, even suicidal.


Eczema Facts

Posted in Dermatitis at 2:52 pm

  • Around one in 12 adults and one in five children have eczema.
  • There are many different types of eczema from mild to severe including Atopic Eczema - the most common form that often runs in families and Contact Eczema which may be caused by irritants such as detergents.
  • Eczema is a non-contagious inflammatory condition of the skin. The term “eczema” comes from the Greek word ekzein meaning “to boil over”.
  • The most common features of eczema are very itchy, dry, red skin. The itching and scratching, commonly known as the “itch-scratch-itch cycle”, are seen as the most distressing part of eczema, causing disturbed sleep for the person with eczema.
  • Conventional treatments include moisturizers and topical steroids. However, everyone’s skin is different, what helps one will not always help another.
  • If not treated appropriately the skin may get more irritated and itchy leading to more scratching and damage to the skin. Emotionally and physically this can be devastating.


History of Psoriasis

Posted in Dermatitis at 1:22 pm

Psoriasis has been around since the days of Greek mythology, more than 2,500 years ago. It was considered a curse from the gods. The Bible refers to psoriasis but mistakenly calls it leprosy. For hundreds of years, people with the disease were ostracized and forced to wander as homeless beggars. Some had to wear warning bells so others could avoid their paths. Some suffered the same fate as lepers, who were burned at the stake in the 14th century.

Many cultures used herbs as medicinal preparations. A cup of chamomile tea can help soothe inflammations and fight infections. It also is a botanical that can dispel worms. The flowers can be made into a salve which has become a popular treatment for a wide variety of skin disorders, including eczema, bedsores, post radiation therapy skin inflammation, and contact dermatitis (e.g., poison ivy). Infusing the flowers in sweet almond oil, and then applying topically has helped to soothe sunburns.