Nowadays psoriasis still remains a riddle both to experienced dermatologists and to the psoriasis sufferers.
It’s believed that at the base of psoriasis, there lays a genetic predisposition. Some lucky person may live for her/his entire life without ever developing psoriasis. In the less lucky persons under the influence of a provoking factor, they will develop psoriasis.
What may serve as a provoking factor for psoriasis? It may be a stress, an intellectual over-strain, an infectious disease, bad diet etc…
Hypothermia may also become a provoking factor for psoriasis.
Hypothermia – the Low Temperatures.
What is hypothermia? Hypothermia is a prolonged lowering of the internal body temperature.
Hypothermia is a very dangerous condition, which may occur when a person is being subject to low air or water temperatures for a prolonged period of time. Hypothermia does not always occur in the winter. It may also occur in the spring, autumn, or even the summer. For example the body temperature of a child who has been swimming in cool water for a long time, may lower without him/her even noticing that.
The body temperature of a human is maintained through the so-called homeostasis — the mechanism which insures the stable internal environmental of our bodies. With hypothermia, the homeostatic systems will eventually fail to produce high enough heat levels in the body.
Hypothermia is very dangerous because it can lead to incapacitation, frost bite and even death in the worst scenario.
Even though hypothermia is not the most common trigger of psoriasis, it was known to trigger psoriasis in some cases.
Hypothermia is a threat for example for the survivors of a sinking ship. People in this case are subject to the cold waters until they are rescued. Water absorbs heat very quickly and therefore the body temperature of a person staying in cold water will start to drop very quickly.
In this case, hypothermia would also be connected with stress induced by fear. Such combination would especially be capable of provoking psoriasis in a genetically predisposed person.
Cryotherapy – the Ultra Low Temperatures.
Surprisingly, the ultra low temperatures are reported to be capable of treating psoriasis. Ultra low temperatures are used in the so-called Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy has practically nothing in common with hypothermia.
What is Cryotherapy? Cryotherapy is a treatment with the use of ultra low temperatures. Such low temperatures, as they use in Cryotherapy, cannot be achieved without special equipment. The usual temperature of the gas used in the Cryotherapy composes -150° Celsius.
The contact of the body surface with the ultra low temperatures with Cryotherapy composes only several minutes.
The skin temperature at the time of the Cryotherapy procedure lowers down to -2° Celsius. This provokes a potent stress on the skin and in the whole body. This type of stress is probably one of the only ones, capable of influencing psoriasis beneficially.
The irritating action of the Cryotherapy causes the mobilization of various impaired body functions, i.e. it may help to repair the skin affected by psoriasis. Cryotherapy is especially known to be effective for the treatment of the scalp psoriasis.