Photos of psoriasis at an early stage of development can help you identify the disease.
It is very important to understand that the disease can manifest itself in different ways in different people - it differs in intensity, spreading activity, lesion sites and other factors.
The main task is to identify the symptoms and then immediately start treating the initial stage of psoriasis.
Features and symptoms of the initial stage
If you know exactly what the early stages of psoriasis look like, you can literally start treating the disease immediately. The symptoms in the early stages are characteristic, so the initial stage of psoriasis can be treated before going to the doctor.
Yes, not all people have the opportunity to see a dermatologist immediately in the early stages of the disease. Therefore, home treatment by simple means is relevant. It can be folk remedies and recipes, non-hormonal ointments or non-hormonal drugs.
What does psoriasis look like in the early stages of its onset? Pay attention to the condition of your skin.
The primary signs of early psoriasis are:
- Rash on various parts of the body with a light color and clear edges. Areas on the skin that have recently suffered from burns, cuts or hypothermia are particularly prone to such rashes. Primary signs can appear 7-14 days after skin damage;
- Peel the rash. They form in the middle of the plaques;
- itching. Psoriatic plaques and papules gradually begin to itch. But not all psoriasis is itchy, so these symptoms are not universal. It manifests itself in about half of the patients.
Initially, papules in the initial stage, i. e. pimples, are very small. Their shape is hemispherical and the surface is smooth and shiny. After a few days, the rashes will increase and slight scales will form.
If you scrape off these scales of the disease and find three characteristic phenomena, you can accurately determine that you have psoriasis at the initial stages.
- stearin stains. The scales should be very easy to remove from the surface of the papules, even if you literally touch them a little.
- movie. The thermal film appears after the flakes are removed. The skin underneath is red, thin, and damp. The surface of the papule without scales is glossy.
- dew. When you've scraped and removed the scales, drops of blood will appear in their place.
The first symptoms usually last several weeks. It is extremely important to begin effective treatment during this time. If you ignore the disease, papules can grow up to 3-8 centimeters in size, fuse into a whole, and affect large areas of the skin.
First manifestations of psoriasis
The initial stage of the disease process is associated with localization in different parts of the body. It's almost impossible to predict exactly where psoriasis will develop. However, it is possible to precisely identify how psoriasis manifests itself in certain parts of the body in the initial stages of the disease.
Most of the time, they mainly suffer in the first stage:
How does psoriasis manifest itself on the body or in other areas?
- elbows.In ulnar psoriasis, photos of the initial stage make it clear that one person is mainly concerned with the plaque form of the disease. The main symptom is small red rashes. The rashes become covered in scales quickly enough. The skin is very rough.
- legs.As with the elbows, individual small rashes form on the legs, the number and size of which gradually increase. The first papules are often found in the area of the feet or knees. However, in some cases, lesions affect other surfaces of the legs.
- head.There are two types of lesions - the skin or the hairy part. The areas behind the ears and the back of the head suffer first. Papules that form on the head are often accompanied by uncomfortable itching. The papules themselves are characterized by moisture and cracks.
- nails.In the photo you can clearly understand that nail psoriasis is in many ways similar to the manifestations of a fungus. First, longitudinal-type grooves are formed, or some kind of pits appear on the edges of the nails. Then the disease spreads to the roots of the nails. Gradually, the nail plate becomes dull and noticeably thickens. As the disease progresses, the nails gradually peel off and separate from the finger. This is not very pleasant, so it is strongly recommended that you consult a doctor immediately. He will prescribe the appropriate drug for external and internal use.
- face.Fortunately, facial psoriasis is a very rare form of the disease for many people, especially women. However, if you do come across it, you can tell by the formation of red papules on the eyelids, lips, and nose near the eyes and eyebrows. Psoriasis can also appear on the cheeks, giving the appearance of fine mesh. Situations of psoriatic neoplasia on the lips, tongue and oral mucosa are extremely rare.
- hands.When psoriasis affects the hands, the curved parts of the hands and elbows usually suffer first. Outwardly, psoriasis resembles wounds on the hands. There are situations of papulation on the surface of the palm. In this disease process, psoriasis usually affects the feet as well.
Psoriasis Treatment Techniques
After finding the primary signs of the disease, you should immediately consult a doctor and get rid of the disease. The problem for many is that they start treatment late. And the treatment of psoriasis requires a complex that is aimed at internal and external effects.
The essence of complex treatment is the simultaneous use of several methods:
- Medicines.It is important to take medication. All of them are divided into hormonal and non-hormonal. At the initial stage, only non-hormonal drugs are prescribed. Only in the case of a deterioration in the situation and acute development of psoriasis, you need to switch to hormonal drugs, antibiotics and other drugs.
- External effects.This is about the use of ointments, creams and shampoos. Lotions, balms, decoctions of all kinds and baths, prepared according to folk recipes, are also used. Ointments are considered to be the most effective treatment for psoriasis. In this case, ointments are both hormonal and non-hormonal. As with drugs at the initial stage, use only non-hormonal ointments. They are very effective but do not have a number of contraindications and side effects.
- Physiotherapy.The patient can be prescribed UV radiation, PUVA therapy, electrosleep or other inpatient procedures. Physiotherapy is treated most effectively in sanatoriums and resorts.
- Proper nutrition.It is very important to change your lifestyle if there is an incentive for the disease to manifest itself due to the abuse of alcohol, junk food, or cigarettes. Very often, if one excludes harmful products and eliminates addictions, the person's condition normalizes, and psoriasis does not bother for long. This has been proven in practice.
In the early stages of a disease like psoriasis, it can be identified and treated. This is the most beneficial scenario for the patient as it takes a minimum of effort, time, and money to suppress psoriasis.