Scaly Skin


"You yourself are much condemn'd to have an itching palm."

-- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English poet and playwright Julius Caesar. Act iv. Sc. 3. (1599)

HEADLINED just this week: "______ Ordered to Pay P2M to Psoriasis Sufferer." That blank refers to a major airline that stopped a university professor from boarding a flight to Dumaguete because of a facial rash. This turned out to be psoriasis which is non-communicable.To ground staff however, it was an ugly suspicious rash. Provide a medical certificate they said to prove it could not be passed on to others. The psoriatic passenger could not so she was not boarded.

WHAT IS PSORIASIS? Understand that it is an auto-immune disease. This means that the body is unable to recognize parts of itself as, well - a part of itself. Therefore the body's defense mechanisms normally for external threats like viruses and bacteria, attack parts of the body perceived as having gone rogue. In psoriasis, one's own skin is the enemy. A fast turnoverof customers is any restaurateur's dream but in dermatologic terms, a fast turnover is disastrous. This is exactly the mechanism in psoriasis in which skin cells produced from their origin rise to the surface in a few days instead of a month. Rapid skin movement means there hasn't been enough time for it to mature. This leads to all sorts of misery - redness, pain, itching, scaling.

DIAGNOSIS AND TYPES.This is not for your neighborhood salon-and-facial clinic franchise. Visit the dermatologist or skin expert. While the good doctor can spot diagnose psoriasis, verification is properly by skin biopsy. Five forms are recognizable. Plaque psoriasis are skin lesions with a red base capped by silver scales. In guttate psoriasis, small raindrop appearing lesions grow on the trunk, limbs even scalp after an upper respiratory infection like a sore throat. …

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