Psoriasis (pronounced /s??ra??s?s/) (suh-RI-uh-sus) is a disease which affects the skin and joints. It commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scaly patches caused by psoriasis, called psoriatic plaques, are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and takes a silvery-white appearance. Plaques frequently occur on the skin of the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the scalp and genitals. Psoriasis is hypothesized to be immune-mediated and is not contagious.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
Pleurisy may develop when you have lung inflammation due to infections such as pneumonia or tuberculosis. It may also occur with rheumatic diseases, chest trauma, certain cancers, and asbestos-related disease.
Certain infections (upper respiratory infections like strep throat)
Various prescription drugs (lithium, propranolol, quinidine, and indomethacin)
Symptoms of Psoriasis
Chest pain when coughing,
Rapid shallow breathing, and
Dscomfort when touching the affected area, even lightly.
If symptoms continue for more than a few days or you have breathing difficulties, you should see your GP.
You may also have other symptoms because of the disease or condition that is causing your pleurisy. For example, if it’s a common cold that is causing your pleurisy other symptoms could include headaches, a sore throat and coughing.
Sudden, sharp chest pain that gets worse when you breathe in deeply or cough
Shortness of breath
Psoriasis is most common on the knees, elbows and scalp, but can appear anywhere on the body.
Some people with psoriasis become withdrawn and don’t socialise or form relationships because of the way people react to the appearance of their skin.
Treatment of Psoriasis
There is no particular treatment for pleurisy because it is usually the result of an infection or other condition. However, ibuprofen or aspirin can ease the inflammation around the chest area and relieve pain and discomfort.
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) — These drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, may relieve muscle and joint pain as well as arthritis.
Munomodulating Drugs — These drugs, such as Imuran, Cellcept, Methotrexate and Cytoxan, suppress the immune system. They may allow a reduction in the dose of corticosteroids.
Pleurisy Treatment with Violet Flowers
Violet tea is very good to treat pleurisy as it has more vitamin A than any known plant. Chop 1 tablespoon of violet leaves, flowers, and stems. Pour 1 cup boiling water over the herb and allow steeping, covered, 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten with sugar. Drink as often as desired. Violets are also a great relaxant and this will help to keep the patient calm.
The Aircast Cryo/Cuff combines focal compression with cold to provide optimal control of swelling, edema, hematoma, hemarthrosis, and rib pain pleurisy. Simplicity of design and ease of operation makes it ideal for the ER, post-op, training room and home. Key Benefits Anatomic cuff design for complete coverage Easy to apply and remove Detachable cooler Portable Controlled cold; no known risk of tissue damage Durable and economical. Sizes: One-size-fits-all (14A). Indications: Chronic / acute rib pain pleurisy, Post-op.