Psoriasis and psychosomatic The skin is the channel that allows us to "communicate" with others without uttering a word. For this reason, it is said that psoriasis is a psychosomatic disease, since physical and psychological components are combined.
“Red with embarrassment”, “pale with fear”, "I have goose bumps" are common expressions that shapes the way of speaking. In fact the skin, at any age, has always been “our soundless voice”.
To understand better ourselves, it is the channel that allows us to "communicate" without uttering words.
Excessive sweating, red cheeks of embarrassment, acne in adolescence, are just some of the events that our skin reflects in a situation of great stress or emotions. This condition is obvious by itself and tends to get worst in people who suffer from psoriasis. By now, everyone knows that if we ask ourselves what is behind the skin of a person suffering from psoriasis and what may have produced this condition, we have to analyze not only the genetic causes but also emotional situations of the person.
For this reason, it is said that psoriasis is a psychosomatic disease, since physical and psychological components are combined. The word psychosomatic comes from the Greek psyche [ψυχή] "soul" and soma [Σώμα] "body" and is a discipline placed between medicine and psychology, whose objective is to investigate the relationship between soma and psyche, or between emotional/affective world and the body. For the person living with psoriasis, this strong emotional component has its origin in those greater or lesser importance situations or facts occurred during a person life and still remain (in some cases) important.
To gain clarity, we must think first about the areas that are usually affected by psoriasis, such as the scalp, elbows, knees, hands and feet ... Do not they also remind you the parts of a suit of armor? The gloves and boots as the helmet, elbows and knee pads, were used to protect the body, and psoriasis acts in the same way, as a defense mechanism to external emotional and physical stimuli. It is as if the skin was desperately protected itself from a possible external threat, such as a scratch / physical factor or a stressful event / psychological factor, forming a true armor in a few days (Koebner phenomenon); Actually, the flakes the person suffering from psoriasis have, are calluses, corneal cells that grow at a rate ten times faster than normal skin to defend themselves and to be ready for the "next external attack." However, it is necessary to point out that although our skin gives us the signal when perceiving this fear, the main help is externally provided by the sun.
The sun has proven to be a great ally of the person suffering from psoriasis and is reaffirmed as the element that simply gives us great benefits both psychological and physical. Studies have shown the effectiveness of sun exposure (even for short periods) and reveal that the most active solar radiation band for psoriasis is the infrared, which is responsible for the sensation of heat and is associated to tranquility and sense of protection while reducing a little the insecurity and the fear to the outside world. So enjoy a few hours of sunshine and try to gain confidence back in the outside world, which sometimes shakes us, but also knows how to wrap ourselves in a warm embrace.
P.S: Always remember to take appropriate measures before and during exposure to ultraviolet rays as recommended in the article "Psoriasis and the sun."
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