The skin is the body’s largest organ. In addition to serving as a protective shield against heat, light, injury and infection the skin also regulates body temperature, stores water and fat and is a sensory organ.
Therefore the necessity to protect it and keep it healthy: even nowadays, a patient with a severe skin condition may be discriminated and live a frustrated life.
In some conditions, such as severe wounds and burns, the healing system of the skin may not be effective, thus increasing the risk of inflammation, infection and sepsis. Wound etiology, patient age, presence of co-morbidities leading to a general immunodepression, diabetes as well as a diet poor in vitamins- in particular vitamin C- impact on the healing process, as do factors such as wound and burn size, depth and location.
Medicaments and topic preparations containing Hyaluronic Acid, naturally found in connective and epithelial cells, also in combination with bactericidal substances such as Silver Sulphadiazine, surely enhance the repairing processes of the skin, preserving its functions.
Among the several medical conditions which may affect the skin, psoriasis is a very common one. This disease can be defined as a persistent, chronic pathology which affects the life cycle of skin cells which build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming thick silvery scales and sometimes painful itchy, dry, red patches. Psoriasis can complicate in association with arthritis.
Some say that psoriasis is the oldest known skin disease. Many ancient books including the Bible mention people afflicted with it, but unfortunately little was known about the origin of the disease for hundreds of years.
Still nowadays, psoriasis can turn into a real disability for many people affecting their daily life and leading to severe psychological problems (24% of patients with severe psoriasis experience depression). Moreover, the disease follows a frustrating pattern of remissions and relapses with stress playing an important role as in most skin disorders.
There is no cure, but medicaments with corticosteroids such as Betamethasone Valerate (BMV) are an excellent symptomatic treatment. BMV has anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive properties which make it effective in reducing the symptoms of psoriasis. This treatment is often carried out under occlusion to increase its efficacy.
The plaster of BMV, which has been recently developed, combines the efficacy of BMV under occlusion to the controlled release of the active principle, as well as to an improved compliance of the treatment
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