Experts – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

KOCHI: Psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune disease, affects more than 25 million patients in India, contributing nearly 20% of the total global disease burden. As International Men’s Health Week draws to a close, experts have urged watching for signs of psoriasis, as studies suggest men are twice as likely to be affected as women. They also say that a large number of men tend to shy away from treatment because they see psoriasis as “just a skin problem”, which eventually increases its severity and causes damage.

According to experts, the treatment of psoriasis in men is more difficult due to predefined norms of masculinity. Some specific symptoms such as itchy beard, hair loss and flaky skin, they say. With several advanced treatment options available, including biologics – a drug that slows or stops damaging inflammation – regular communication with a dermatologist will help men determine the most effective treatment and ways to successfully manage symptoms. according to experts.

Doctors say it is also imperative to adhere to treatment protocols in addition to incorporating recommended lifestyle changes that ensure effective management of psoriasis. “Psoriasis is a chronic, genetically determined, inflammatory disease altered by the environment marked by dry, thick, erythematous patches with silvery-white scales of itchy skin. In men, itchy beards and hair loss may occur. men should not hesitate to contact a dermatologist to get the right medication,” says Thrissur-based dermatologist Dr S Criton.

Dr. Soumya Jagadeesan, associate professor of dermatology at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, explains that patients tend to avoid seeing a dermatologist, often passing psoriasis off as “just a skin condition”. “Among those who seek professional help, non-adherence to full prescribed treatment is a major problem. Multiple treatment options are now available,” says Dr. Soumya.