Like all forms of psoriasis, psoriasis of the hands is not contagious. In fact it works just like any other form of the condition, and is caused by a malfunction in the body’s immune system. Essentially the body triggers an autoimmune response incorrectly, which activates a repair mechanism. In normal circumstances this response would be activated to heal the skin, say for example in the event of sustaining a lesion or cut.
However, in the case of psoriasis, this response throws up new complications. Skin cells are normally produced by the body in a process in which the new cells develop at the deepest (innermost) layer of the skin. As a new cell develops, cell layers above are pushed upwards towards the uppermost layer of the skin. When skin cells reach the uppermost layer, they die and flake off, and this is how skin is grown. This process takes between 3-4 weeks from the new cell developing to the cell dying and flaking off on the outermost layer
With psoriasis the immune system goes into hyperdrive and this process of cell regeneration completes in 3-7 days rather than the normal 3-4 weeks. The psoriasis skin cells reaching the surface do not have time to mature properly, and as a result build up swiftly on the surface as patches of inflamed flaky skin, easily susceptible to irritation.
Due to the amount we use our hands in everyday life, psoriasis on the hands can be painful and more difficult to manage than when it flares up on other parts of the body. For this reason, many of the common psoriasis treatments such as topicals, fall short of the mark when it comes to treating psoriasis of the hands. Light therapy is a medically proven method of treatment for psoriasis on hands, it’s well established and effective.
Psoriasis is not a curable condition; however, the symptoms can be treated, and in some cases, psoriasis can be controlled with the correct remedy. There are in fact a number of possible psoriasis treatments on the market, including lotions, tablets and injections, but by far one of the most popular treatments for psoriasis on the hands is light therapy.
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