The multifactorial nature of psoriasis explains the high prevalence of this skin disease. According to statistics, 40% of all inhabitants of the planet are affected by the disease. Scientists still have not been able to establish all the causes of psoriasis, just as there are no ways and methods of cure for this inflammatory skin disease in the arsenal of modern official medicine.
If we consider the situation from this perspective, then the doctors cannot offer anything comforting. And yet, there are a number of therapies, including those in traditional medicine, that help, if not cure psoriasis, then at least keep the disease in the stage of long-term remission.
There are several forms of psoriasis – acute, subacute and chronic. Moreover, the disease begins suddenly, and at the initial stage of development is characterized by strictly defined symptoms. It is very important to know what the initial stage of psoriasis looks like , since the effectiveness of the treatment of the disease primarily depends on the timely detection of the problem.
Signs of the development of the disease
The clinical picture of the initial stage of psoriasis is characterized by the appearance of sudden rashes on the skin of the extensor surfaces of the legs and arms, on the torso, and the scalp. In this case, the elements of the rash tend to develop peripheral, during which a small nodular rash (papule) the size of a coin, a button and more grows, forming specific psoriatic plaques, diffuse lesions with “geographical”, irregular contours.
After a while, the surface of the plaques begins to peel off strongly, silvery-whitish scales appear on it. Papules do not cause much physical disturbance to the patient, with the exception of deep itching of the skin in diseased areas.
Another characteristic symptom of psoriasis is the so-called “terminal film”. If you try to remove scales from the surface of the plaque, then at the same time a thin layer of the epidermis begins to peel off. Under it, a smooth, as if polished, pink-red skin is found, on the body of which the smallest punctate bleeding begins to appear quickly.
In some cases, the initial stage of psoriasis is characterized by pronounced exudative manifestations, that is, papule scales that have absorbed exudate (serous fluid) turn into a crust. If you try to rip off such a crust, then skin wetness will be found under it. Most often, such symptoms appear on the patient’s legs, and the type of disease in this case is called exudative psoriasis.
At the stage of disease progression, psoriatic plaques can grow to very large sizes, sometimes spreading to almost all skin integuments of the human body. In this case, the appearance of a bright red rim around the plaque is observed, and then new rashes appear near the existing foci.
Methods for treating psoriasis at the primary stage involve the use of drugs that suppress the patient’s autoimmunity, as well as topical agents (ointments, creams, emulsions), which include hormonal substances – corticosteroids.
Local therapy shows good results, since the external symptoms of psoriasis can be quickly eliminated. However, such treatment does not give a stable result and is ineffective – after a while the disease returns with a vengeance. To prevent the initial stage of psoriasis from developing into a subacute and chronic, regressive form, it is necessary to apply treatment not only with topical agents, but also with systemic drugs. The purpose of such treatment is to eliminate the problem of the onset of the disease, stop its development and remove as much as possible all the symptoms of psoriatic processes on the skin.
And in order to prevent possible relapses of psoriatic inflammatory processes, patients must constantly follow a diet, certain dietary rules, daily regimen, lifestyle, and avoid possible contact with external allergenic substances.