Discoloration of the skin is taboo in India and makes a person feel neglected on various fronts. Social stigma sets in, and challenges in day-to-day activities become manifold.

A special mention can be made of psoriasis, a chronic, long-lasting, genetically determined skin disease. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition. It is more common in men than women and invites social taboos and mental trauma for the patient.


Causes and symptoms

Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition that causes itchy skin and can occur at various stages of life. Since there is no cure, treating psoriasis can be quite challenging for those who suffer from it.

The symptoms may last a few weeks, and the skin may be itchy. There can be inflammations at specific body parts, as skin plaques can irritate. In psoriasis, the immune system stricks the  healthy cells instead of bacteria. This disease is hereditary, replacing old and new skin in three days. Usually, in the case of a normal human being, this process takes 30 days.


Psoriasis is associated with skin irritation and allergies. Symptoms depend on person to person. Streptococcal infection, any skin injury, and certain medications can trigger psoriasis. Even weather patterns can play a role in propagating the disease.


Rashes sometimes lead to joint pain and arthritis.



Steroid creams, certain moisturizers, and medicated lotions may help. Medicated creams, as the medical practitioner suggests, may bring temporary relief. Depending on the severity of the rashes, medical practitioners may prescribe ointments/creams.


Other treatments include light therapy, retinoids, immune therapies, and salicylic acid. It can prevent psoriasis from spreading. Severe psoriasis may cause diabetes. It can also lead to obesity, high cholesterol, strokes, and heart attacks.


Treatment can include regular blood pressure checks. It also involves maintaining a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and not smoking.


No concrete treatments are available. Some doctors recommend a skin biopsy to rule out psoriasis. The therapy aims to stop quick skin growth.


Apart from light therapies, exposure to the sun for a brief period can be a first-line treatment. Doctors also suggest alternative medicines. These include special diets, vitamins, acupuncture, and herbal products.


Daily baths and keeping the skin moist can prevent psoriasis from spreading. Exposure to small amounts of sunlight also helps. A good healthy lifestyle is important to stop the spread of psoriasis.



Many are ignorant about psoriasis. This ignorance hurts patients with the disease. Delaying getting treated only adds to the woes. It’s a cause of mental trauma and delays in seeing a doctor.


More research is being done on new treatments. This gives hope for more breakthroughs in treating psoriasis.