PSORIASIS


Homeopathy treatment of Psoriasis, with indicated homeopathic remedies from the Diseases of the Skin by Frederick Myers Dearborn….


Definition. A chronic, dry, inflammatory disease of the skin characterized by variously sized, reddish, sharply defined patches covered with abundant, silvery-white, adherent scales.

Symptoms. Psoriasis is one of the common diseases, constituting three to four per cent. of all dermatological cases, but this is owing more to its persistency and tendency to recur than to the number of actual new cases. It shows its systemic origin by occurring symmetrically, and its probable connection with some internal derangement by beginning on the surfaces where the circulation is less active; namely, the extensor surfaces. Without prodromal signs of any kind psoriasis makes it appearance in pin-head-sized reddish flat or acuminated papules which, within a few hours, become capped with a whitish scale (psoriasis punctata). The spots gradually enlarge peripherally until, when they are about one-quarter of an inch across, with thickened scales, they look like drops of mortar (psoriasis guttata). When they reach the size of familiar coins, they are known as psoriasis nummularis. When they continue to spread, two or more patches may coalesce, forming an irregular shaped lesion, or resolution may occur in the center of a patch, leaving a ring-like patch (psoriasis annulata). If two or more of these lesions join, as the points of contact melt away, one or two lines are left (psoriasis gyrata). While these forms are transitional, and are slow in their evolution, and while it is possible that they may be arrested at any stage, it is common to find more than a single form existing at the same time. The union of patches may go on until a wide extent of surface is involved (psoriasis diffusa). Rarely it may be so widely distributed that it has been called psoriasis universalis, or if there is induration of the skin, fissures may develop, and adherent scales form, then it has been termed psoriasis inveterata. When there is a tendency to the heaping of scales, it has been termed psoriasis rupioides or psoriasis ostreacea, and rarely when papillary hypertrophy is noted, psoriasis verrucosa.

The scaling, while a pronounced feature of psoriasis, varies in different cases, in different spots and at different times. Though they are always adherent, they can readily be removed and minute bleeding points appear at the point of removal. The eruption is dry from beginning to end, whether of short or long duration. Untreated, the disease tends to continue although spontaneous remissions are likely to occur, especially in the summer time. Some cases go through a lifetime without a complete disappearance of the eruption, at the same time without any disturbance of the general health. Other may show temporary disturbance of nutrition or some constitutional defect. There may be more or less persistent pigmentation, especially on the legs after the eruption has disappeared. This is more apt to follow treatment with full doses of arsenic.

Many cases of psoriasis will show lesions only of the scalp and extensor surfaces of the extremities, particularly the elbows and knees, but they may be found anywhere even on the palms and soles. It never develops, however, in the last named locations without first appearing elsewhere on he surface of the skin, and, indeed, Crocker has asserted that the majority of cases of so-called palmar or plantar psoriasis are of syphilitic origin, or else are eczema. While psoriasis never attacks the mucous membranes, it may extend to the the glans penis. On the scrotum, it will lead to considerable thickening and fissuring of the skin, and occasionally a thin exudation. The nails may be affected but present nothing characteristic. There may be slight depression or the nail only, or any degree of hypertrophy, but the presence of the disease elsewhere must be relied upon to determine its nature. While psoriasis often occurs in the scalp, and may remain there for months or years before becoming generalized, it rarely interferes with growth of the hair. A red line or strip may be seen as it advances to the hair border, resembling the corona of eczema or seborrheic dermatitis, but it is never moist.

Frederick Dearborn
Dr Frederick Myers DEARBORN (1876-1960)
American homeopath, he directed several hospitals in New York.
Professor of dermatology.
Served as Lieut. Colonel during the 1st World War.
See his book online: American homeopathy in the world war