Psoriasis is a skin disorder which can, however, also affect joints, the heart and the metabolism of human beings. You are not alone as a person affected by psoriasis, for studies assume that approx. 2-3% of the European population suffer from this illness. But where does psoriasis come from, and what can be done about it? In this advisory guide, we would like to inform you about the causes of psoriasis and effective therapies, so that you can have a beautiful and fulfilled life despite the disorder. Tepso® textiles are the perfect addition to help you fight your psoriasis.
Causes of psoriasis - inheritance as the main reason
The main reason for psoriasis can be found in inheritable factors. According to a study by the Robert-Koch-Institut [Robert Koch Institute] approx. 30-40% of all affected persons stated that relatives were also affected. It is generally even assumed that the disorder is inherited more strongly via the father. Furthermore, there are a series of so called triggering factors which can lead to an outbreak of the disorder together with the inherited predisposition.
- Persistent skin irritation due to close fitting clothing or scratching;
- Disorders of the metabolism or hormonal balance;
- Alcohol consumption and smoking;
- Various infectious disorders;
- Skin injuries;
- Medications (beta blockers, interferones, ACE inhibitors).
These factors are meanwhile seen as causes in combination with genetic predisposition. In some cases, however, it is not clear whether e.g. alcohol consumption or also overweight do not actually represent consequences of psoriasis. After all, the disorder is very emotionally burdening and can lead affected persons to desperation.
What can be done about psoriasis?
Therapy options regarding psoriasis are very varied today and also depend on the progression form and type of psoriasis. Fundamentally, however, we must note that up to now, no therapy which fights psoriasis at its root has been discovered. All current approaches aim to relieve the symptoms. Whatever you try, it leaves the skin vulnerable, Tepso® textiles are the perfect match for all kinds of treatment.
Good skin care as the basis of treatment
As a person affected by psoriasis, it is highly likely that you have very dry skin. Generally skin care which is not at the bottom of the scale in terms of fat content is recommended. Depending on the extent of the disorder, the fat and oil shares can also be further increased. Urea is also repeatedly recommended as a moisturising active substance. Cleaning should not take very long, since those who shower or bathe very long withdraw more fat from their skin and prevent sufficient moisture from being stored.
Tip: Only blot the skin cautiously after washing, and don’t rub too hard. Otherwise, the skin is additionally irritated, and psoriasis may come out more quickly and strongly.
Ointments are of major significance in psoriasis
Aside from ointment bandages with lactic acid, urea or salicylic acid, other products can also be applied to affected skin regions:
- Dithranol (also possible as minute therapy now);
- Calcipotriol, tacalcitol and calcitriol (against inflammation);
- Cortisone ointments (only briefly, in combination with Vitamin D)
You should explore the various options in this regard and try which therapy works best in you. Tepso® textiles grant you the advantage of not sticking to the ointments or lesions.
Medications for severe progression forms
If external use does not bring success, there are various medications which are used in combination with other therapy options. This includes so called Vitamin A derivatives (retinoids) which slow cell growth and accelerate scale removal. Since psoriasis shows itself in especially rapid growth of skin cells, successes were certainly obtained with retinoids. Women of childbearing age should not use such a therapy, since this signifies additional risks for any pregnancy. If you nonetheless choose the therapy in such a situation, contraception should be ensured.
Another option consists of immunosuppressant medications such as methotrexate, cyclosporin or fumaric acid ester, with which successes against psoriasis were already obtained.
Phototherapy as a supplementary measure
Phototherapy is based on UV light and actually relieves the complaints in many cases. Such therapy is often done in combination with salt baths, which rapidly detach the scales. Herein, corresponding UV radiation can be suitably generated by the sun or special UV lamps. Solariums, on the other hand, use different wavelengths and are therefore not suitable for phototherapy. Suitable conditions can also be found in nature; however, this requires a trip to the Dead Sea.
Note: If you sunbathe yourself, you should absolutely avoid sunburns. These can rapidly worsen the progression of the illness!
Removal of the tonsils as a therapeutic option
In certain cases, the same disturbed T cells are found in the tonsils as in the skin areas affected by psoriasis. In such cases, it can actually make sense to have the tonsils removed. If other therapy forms don’t help you sufficiently, you should ask your doctor for a corresponding diagnosis. You can jointly explore whether tonsil removal would make sense in your specific case.
Psychological treatment approaches
Psoriasis is often associated with severe emotional problems for affected persons. One feels disfigured, and one’s own feeling of self-worth drops significantly. However, this emotional stress specifically worsens the illness again. For this reason, psychological treatments such as behavioural therapy or psychoanalysis can help to relieve these symptoms, and thereby, also control the psoriasis again. Furthermore, as an affected person, you can use relaxation exercises to ensure that you can meet everyday life with greater strength.
Even though there is no therapy yet which treats the causes of psoriasis, treatment options are highly varied today. New medications are already being developed, such as the inhibition of T lymphocytes or inflammation messengers in the affected skin areas to better suppress the disorder.
For many affected persons, becoming ill with psoriasis is not only a shock, but often a long path of suffering as well. If you are affected by a special form such as psoriatic arthritis or pustulous psoriasis, everything is even more difficult. But with good skin care and customised therapy options, you can get a grip on your symptoms.
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Atopic Dermatitis – relief in sight
Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema is a chronic, non-contagious skin disease that is one of the atopic diseases. Other names for the disease are chronic constitutional eczema, asthma eczema and prurigo Besnier. The main symptoms are red, scaly, sometimes oozing eczema on the skin and severe itching. The disease comes in flares and has an individual appearance, dependent on age. Atopic dermatitis / eczema is considered not curable, but is treatable. Treatment consists mainly of the treatment of the characteristic skin dryness and the topical use of anti-inflammatory agents. Tepso® textiles with low friction are an ideal addition.
Atopic Dermatitis - relief in sight
Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema is a chronic, non-contagious skin disease that is one of the atopic diseases. Other names for the disease are chronic constitutional eczema, asthma eczema and prurigo Besnier.
The main symptoms are red, scaly, sometimes oozing eczema on the skin and severe itching. The disease comes in flares and has an individual appearance, dependent on age.
Atopic dermatitis / eczema is considered not curable, but is treatable. Treatment consists mainly of the treatment of the characteristic skin dryness and the topical use of anti-inflammatory agents. Tepso® Textiles with low friction are an ideal addition.
Atopic dermatitis / eczema is a common disease in industrialized countries. 5-20% of children and 1-3% of adults are affected by the disease. For about 60% of those affected, the disease occurs in the first year, at 90% by the fifth year. In some cases the symptoms lessen with age and disappear with the onset of puberty.
Atopic dermatitis / eczema is observed more and more frequently. Compared to the mid-20th century the frequency of occurrence is now assumed to be four to six times higher. The reasons are not clearly established. Possible causes are allergies, changed living conditions and improved hygiene (hygiene hypothesis).
Cause of disease
The causes of atopic dermatitis / eczema are not yet fully understood. Experts believe the complex pathological process to be a combination of genetic factors, immunological changes and environmental influences.
Symptoms and signs are
- sensitive skin
- susceptibility to allergies
- strong reaction to certain food
- skin irritation from clothing
Diverse causes result in diverse treatments. Because of the different factors playing a role, parallel application individually tailored to the patient's needs should be considered. Not all treatment approaches have the same effect on everybody. Some methods that have a soothing effect on one person can worsen the disease for others.
The treatment of atopic dermatitis / eczema depends on the course of the disease and is adapted to the severity of the symptoms. Possibly treatments must be repeatedly recombined or changed, since it may happen that the skin reacts differently to a previously well-received type of treatment. Discontinuation of treatment and its replacement may be necessary.
The daily basic care of the barrier function of the skin to stabilize it against irritation and penetration of allergens. Depending on the condition of the skin usually lotions and ointments are used. Their composition depends on the current skin condition: Mostly oil-in-water and water-in-oil emulsions are used for very dry skin. Another possibility for moisturizing the skin are oil baths.
The irradiation with high-dose UV light can, through the anti-inflammatory effect, lead to relief and allow temporary healing.
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