Saturday, May 3, 2008

Psoriasis


You know what? It was really quite an amazing experience when I was able to encounter a patient with psoriasis. It's amazing because it's my first time to see a patient with that disorder and this kind of disorder is very rare and doesn't really occur with Filipinos.

Anyway, psoriasis is a "chronic, non-contagious disease characterized by inflamed lesions covered with silvery-white scabs of dead skin (www.answers.com)" just like the picture above.

At first I didn't really think that the disorder was contagious or something like that. I was reluctant to touch the patient and aid him in going down and up his bed because he had scaly white skin and lesions all over his body and he was obese, so he was very heavy to carry. But one of my colleague really had somatic effects. What I mean by somatic effects is that he had bodily manifestations of a psychological induced disorder or disease. He was thinking that psoriasis is highly contagious so he suddenly had pruritis or itchiness on his arms and they really formed bumps. This only proves how powerful the mind really is that it can even trick itself into manifesting false sugns and symptoms of a disease that the person never had in the first place.

Actually, I also felt very sorry for the patient because I could really see my self in his position. I know how painful it is to be shoved away because they are disgusted with you and you are considered an outcast because you are considered contagious and all. This is why we should really educate ourselves with these kinds of things and that we should always be sympathetic because it is not their wish to have such conditions.

7 comments:

  1. wow! this is a scary skin disease.. i mean it doesn't really look good...

    anyway, dropping by here edgar... how are you?

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  2. my friend's son has psoriasis too, kakaawa talaga, good thing, hindi pa naman ganyan ka-grabe.

    my son has skin asthma, but thanks to colloidal oatmeal soap and lotion, ok na sya ngayon.

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  3. My back looked very much like this (sometimes better sometimes worse) for 6 years. But last August I discovered the Champori cream and spray for psoriasis and it worked like a miracle! The skin on my legs and arms cleared completely and my back is almost clear, too. I am over the moon with the results and live a life of a "normal" person again.
    Tricia in Vancouver

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  4. Psoriasis Effect on the Quality of Life:


    Psoriasis is a disease whose main symptom is gray or silvery flaky patches on the skin which are red and inflamed underneath. In the United States, it affects 2 to 2.6 percent of the population, or between 5.8 and 7.5 million people. Commonly affected areas include the scalp, elbows, knees, arms, stomach and back. Psoriasis is autoimmune in origin, and is not contagious. Around a quarter of people with psoriasis also suffer from psoriatic arthritis, which is similar to rheumatoid arthritis in its effects. Psoriasis was first given that name in complete differentiation from other skin conditions by the Austrian dermatologist Ferdinand von Hebra in 1841, although there are what are believed to be descriptions of the disease in sources going back to ancient Roman and possibly even biblical times.

    http://psoriasis-tabs.com/

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