Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WHAT IS PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS?



Ayushya Varsha is offering a Psoriasis treatment kit which is a combination of brands available in the market packaged  into one based on experiences through patients.


What Is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic (long-lasting) disease in which a person with psoriasis develops the symptoms and signs of arthritis joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Psoriasis is a common, inherited skin condition that causes grayish-white scaling over a pink or dull-red skin rash.
Approximately 5% to 10% of the 3 million people who have psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis affects men and women equally and usually begins between ages 30 and 50. However, the disease can also occur in children. Most people have mild symptoms, but in some cases, the symptoms can be quite severe.

Types of Psoriatic Arthritis

There are five types of psoriatic arthritis. They are classified by their severity, whether both sides of the body are equally affected and which joints are involved.
Asymmetric inflammatory arthritis – Often the knee, ankle, wrist or finger are involved, with a total of one to four inflamed joints. Usually, the arthritis does not affect both sides of the body equally (that is, the disease is not symmetric).
Symmetric arthritis – Multiple joints are inflamed, often more than four, and the same joints on both sides of the body are affected. Fingernails often are ridged and pitted. This condition can mimic rheumatoid arthritis.
Psoriatic spondylitis – One or both sacroiliac joints (the joints linking the spine and pelvis at the lower back), and sometimes other spine joints, are inflamed, causing morning stiffness in the back.
Isolated finger involvement – This often involves only the last finger joint near the nail. One or more of these joints may be inflamed.
Arthritis mutilans – This is the most severe and rarest form of psoriatic arthritis. In this form, the fingers shorten because of destruction of the joints and nearby bones.
Although each type of psoriatic arthritis is somewhat distinct, some people show a blending of symptoms or have more than one type.
Psoriasis can develop before or after the arthritis, but psoriasis develops first in about 75% of cases. A person may begin to get morning joint stiffness before the arthritis is recognized. People who have psoriasis that involves the nails, especially nail pitting, are much more likely to develop arthritis than those without this problem (50% versus 10%).
The cause of psoriatic arthritis is unknown. There is some evidence that infection or trauma can play a role in the development of the disease. For example, psoriatic arthritis seems to flare up in people whose immune systems are affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Also, heredity seems to play a role. Up to 40% of people with psoriatic arthritis have a family history of skin or joint disease. Certain genes seem to be involved in certain types of psoriatic arthritis. For example, the gene HLA-B27 has been associated with psoriatic spondylitis.

Symptoms

A pink or dull-red, scaly skin rash occurring in patches, especially on the back of the arms, front of the legs and scalp
Inflammation of the joints, especially in the fingers, toes or spine
Morning joint stiffness
Lower back pain

Psoriatic arthritis can affect other parts of the body. For example, fatigue and anemia are common in people with active psoriatic arthritis. Frequently, the arthritis is accompanied by inflammation of tendons and the spots where tendons attach to bones, such as in the heel or fingers.

Diagnosis 

Usually, a doctor can diagnose psoriatic arthritis based on your symptoms and a physical examination. In contrast to lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, autoantibodies are not usually present in the blood. Your doctor may order X-rays of the affected joints, but X-rays don't always indicate what type of arthritis you have. In a few cases, the X-rays may give the radiologist a clue that you have psoriatic arthritis rather than rheumatoid arthritis or another type of arthritis.

Expected Duration

Psoriatic arthritis tends to be lifelong. However, some people's symptoms vary significantly, so that it may be mild at times and more severe at other times. It's unusual for the joint problems to disappear completely.

Treatment

The main treatment is to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ans Ayurveda has its own ways of it to cope with this stiffness using various types of preparations including ones which contain Gold. When joints deteriorate despite aggressive medical therapy, your doctor may recommend surgery to reconstruct or replace the joint, especially if the pain is localized and intense and you have difficulty functioning.
Your doctor may recommend physical and occupational therapy to maintain muscle strength and the joint's range of motion. Splinting, a removable brace to immobilize an inflamed joint, may help reduce symptoms and inflammation. Exercise is important, especially for people with spondylitis because being active tends to reduce back symptoms.

Prognosis

The outlook for people with this disease varies. For some, psoriatic arthritis is a minor annoyance that requires medication only at times when symptoms are worse. However, in up to 25% of people with psoriatic arthritis, the condition causes disability with severe, unrelenting joint damage over time. With appropriate therapy, the majority of people with psoriatic arthritis have good control of their pain, improved function and limited joint damage.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

SCALP PSORIASIS



Ayushya Varsha is offering a Psoriasis treatment kit which is a combination of brands available in the market packaged  into one based on experiences through patients.

One may present with psoriasis only on the scalp or on the skin and scalp together. In many patients, scalp psoriasis exists for several years before it appears on the body. Many times, mild psoriasis on the scalp may be wrongly diagnosed and treated as dandruff. 
Scalp Psoriasis may be wrongly interpreted as dandruff  because of the transparent flaky nature of the scales.
A patient may have psoriasis on the skin first and then the scalp may be affected, or both may be affected simultaneously.

Psoriasis on the scalp can be differentiated in three categories, mild, moderate and severe.

1) Mild cases:  The first change noticed may be dryness in the scalp and hair. The hair may feel dry to touch. The second change seen is development of dandruff. Patient may typically exclaim, "I thought it was dandruff!" In such cases itching may be mild or moderate, which is more irritating and disturbing, in the initial stages.

Scratching leads to falling of fine dandruff on the neck and shoulders. The scalp itching is often awkward.

The closest differential diagnosis at this stage is seborrhea dermatitis. In seborrhea the scalp is oily, and the dandruff is rather sticky, like sebum and yellowish. Scalp psoriasis is dry, silvery and scaly.

2) Moderate cases: This stage may be seen a few years after the start of psoriasis.

The scalp may show single or multiple patches of scales. The scales may be white or silvery, moderately thick. There may be more concentration behind the ears, temples, occipital and parietal areas. Scales are visible and beneath and surrounding them, the scalp is reddish. 10-20 % of the scalp may be affected. The eyebrows, beard, may show patches of dandruff, dryness and itching. Hair fall may be prominent.

3) Severe cases: In severe cases of scalp psoriasis, there are large crusty patches of scales all over the scalp. The scalp redness is very much marked and the scales and redness many times can be seen beyond the hair line, on the forehead, behind ears and on the back of the neck. Around 50-80 % or more area of the scalp may be affected.

The scratching and suffering is unbearable. The scalp may bleed on scratching.
There may be super added fungal or bacterial infections.
If patient does not have psoriasis on the body, after this stage, psoriasis generally spreads to other parts of the body. 



Ayurveda uses a set of cleansers, immuno stimulants, applications and anti infectives to cover an over all picture of Psoriasis and associated conditions.


Some patients have good relief by using scalp moisturizers; the best being hair oil, some patients get severe discomfort by using hair oil. Each patient must use his or her own discretion. Tar shampoo and anti-dandruff shampoo are useful, and can be used in association with homeopathic treatment

PSORIASIS AND ITS CARE IN AYURVVEDA



Ayushya Varsha is offering a Psoriasis treatment kit which is a combination of brands available in the market packaged  into one based on experiences through patients.

Psoriasis and Its Ayurveda Management



Psoriasis is an inflammatory disorder that affects the skin and nails. It is marked by patches of thick, red skin covered with silvery scales that occur primarily on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp. It can be painful and cause psychological and emotional distress, though in itself it is not lifethreatening.

Psoriasis develops when the ordinary life cycle of skin cells is accelerated. This is a chronic condition, where there are periods when it becomes really bad alternating with times when in imporves or goes into remission.

Causes - As per modern science there is no clear reason for Psoriasis and is believed to be an autoimmune condition. Some people's genes have a tendency towards acquiring psoriasis which could be triggered off by injury, throat infection, certain drugs and physical or emotional stress. Although the exact causes are not known, it is widely understood to be a genetic immune disorder.

Seriousness - Although Psoriasis is a chronic, stubborn condition of the skin, it is rarely serious. However, the sore, dry, scaly skin can give it the appearance of a serious disease. It has been reported that around 10% of those affected by Psoriasis also get affected by a condition called Psoriatic Arthritis. This is an affliction of the joints particularly of fingers and toes occassionally in the lumbar joints causing a low backache. Like Psoriasis this form of arthritis can also wax and wane.
Though there are some things that can affect the condition of the disorder to aggravate. Some things that can make Psoriasis worse are stress and infections.

Some medicines can also make it worse. These medicines include lithium and certain high blood pressure medicines, such as beta-blockers abd angiotensin-converting enazyme (ACE) inhibitors, as well as pain relievers like some non-sterodial anti=inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen.

Cure - Unfortunately, there is no known complete cure for psoriasis except Ayurveda Treatment. However, there are various treatments available which provides relief from symptoms for varying periods of time.

The severity of psoriasis may be the subject to and influenced by several factors which can be under your control. Here is a partial lidt of lifestyle and/or dietary changes to consider :
  • Make sure that a 'dermatologist' or a skin specialist jas made the diagnosis that indeed you have psoriasis.
  • Reduce stress level.
  • Whenever possible, expose the Psoriasis affected areas to fresh air and mild sunlight.
  • Do not consume alcohol, or consume very small amounts.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not eat spicy, hot or acidic foods.
  • Rinse the affected skin only in lukewatrm water, sea water or baking soda bath.
  • Do not use synthetic or aggressive soaps which contain harsh ingredients or detergents. Use body wash or soaps with a cucumber, Glycerin or Aloe Vera base. You can also use these soaps to wash your scalp.
  • If you use topical products to control you psoriasis, it is recommended to keep your skin somewhat moist after you have taken you shover or bath.
  • Use medicated oil for your scalp.
  • If you are living close to ocean, try to take regular sea baths, leave your skin somewhat wet and let the salt crystals dry on your skin. Avoid bathing in polluted seas.
  • Regular daily doses of sunlight taken in short exposures are recommended. Avoid a sunburn which may make psoriasis worse.
  • Consider buying a tanning, or sun bathing lamp. Get the type which excludes or filters the damaging UV rays. Be careful not to overdo it and burn yourself.
  • Remember psoriasis cannot be cured, however, it can be asserted by regularly using your medications.
  • Some medications or treatments may have an adverse affects. Remember to discuss your condition with your doctor regularly.
  • Discuss the suggestions above with your doctor before you try them. make sure they will not conflict with your current prescription medications.
According to Ayurveda Psoriasis is the complex of All Skin Diseases,and it is due to impurified Doshas Specially Pitta and Kaffa are the responsible for this disease.The Impure Doshas(Toxins,Aam) impurifies the Blood whih results in Such Skin Diseases.
Successfull Treatment Of Psoriasis In Ayurveda At Atharva Hospital:
It Includes Panchakarma:
1. Detoxification of The Impure Doshas Form The Body By The Unique Ayurveda Panchakarma Treatment Especially,

Vamana(Drug Induced Vomiting)
Virechana(Drug Induced Purgation)
with this Panchakarma Treatment The Impurified Doshas Flush out from the Body.

2. Immunomodulators:
The reason for Psoriasis is also Immunodeficiency,so In Ayurveda we are Offering Immunomodulator Herbs to Enhance The Immunity to conqure Psoriasis Successfully,

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