PSORIASIS is a chronic relapsing inflammatory
skin disease characterised by circumscribed scaly patches
with particular predilection to the scalp and extensor surfaces
of the body.
The initial lesion consists of red spots which vary in size
and may appear in any part of the body. These are covered
with silvery scales which after scraping leave behnd a shiny,
bleeding surface, Gradually, these lesions enlarge and larger
patches are produced. These lesions are symmetrically distributed
over the scalp, palms and soles , edtensor surface of knee
and elbow and also over the back. Itching is usually absent
but may be present when the lesions are in the body folds.
This is called inverse psoriasis. The psoriatic lesions may
develop at the site where it is scratched during its actie
phase and this is called Koebner's Phenomenon, The nails of
the patient may also become thickened, pittted and striated.
In middle-aged patients in addition to skin lesions, symptoms
similar to rheumatoid arthritis may develop. It is called
It is best to commence the internal treatment with
Sulphur. Afterwards any one of the following remedies may
be given--Ammonium Carb, Arsenic, Arsenicum Iodide, Calcarea
Carb, Fluric Acid, Hydrocotyle, Mercurius, Mezerium and Petroleum.