Psoriasis is a common skin disease that comes in
different forms and varying levels of severity. It affects up to 3
percent of populations worldwide.
Most researchers agree that it is an auto-immune disease. It is a
common skin disease characterised by thickened patches of inflamed
red skin, sometimes accompanied by painful joint swelling and
stiffness.This skin condition most often appears on the scalp,
elbows and knees.
Psoriasis affects between 1-3% of the population. It varies in
severity from mild to severe. Psoriasis can start at any age. Areas
of the skin grow much faster than normal and form red, scaling
Research shows that the signs and symptoms of psoriasis usually
appear between 15 and 35 years of age. About 75% develop psoriasis
before age 40. However, it is possible to develop psoriasis at any
age. After age 40, a peak onset period occurs between 50 and 60
years of age.
Basis Facts about Psoriasis
Psoriasis most often occurs on the elbows, knees, scalp, lower
back, face, palms, and soles of the feet; diagnosis may be difficult
because psoriasis often looks like other skin diseases.
Doctors generally treat psoriasis in steps according to the
severity of the disease or responsiveness to initial treatments.
This is sometimes called the "1-2-3" approach.
Care if you are suffering from Psoriasis
Avoid scratching or itching that can cause bleeding or excessive
irritation. Soaking in bath water with oil added and using
moisturizers may help. Bath soaks with coal tar or other agents that
remove scales and reduce the plaque may also help.
Cortisone creams can reduce the itching of mild psoriasis and are
available without a prescription.Some people use an ultraviolet B
unit at home under a doctor’s supervision.
A dermatologist may prescribe the unit and instruct the patient
on home use, especially if it is difficult for the patient to get to
the doctor’s office for phototherapy treatment.
Reports from people with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are
mixed: Some say acupuncture helps their disease while others report
no effect. People who try acupuncture and improve say it takes many
treatments. Acupuncture has few known side effects.
Homeopathic remedies are usually so diluted that they will not
cause major side effects. A consultation with someone trained in
this practice will help guide the treatment and ensure your safety.
Psoriasis Treatment by Diet
People with psoriasis are individuals with different backgrounds,
habits and medical histories, who respond to substances differently
at different times. Moreover, people with psoriasis can have
remissions that have nothing to do with changes in diets or
treatments. These variables make it difficult to evaluate whether
any specific dietary change is responsible for clearing or worsening
The addition or elimination of one substance from the diet can be
the remedy for one person and the culprit for another. There is
certainly no harm in exploring how diet impacts your psoriasis, as
long as your overall health is not compromised.
Dietary supplementation with fish oil is said to have a variety
of favorable effects on both the cardiovascular and immune systems
in laboratory animals. Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease, so
it follows that fish oil if it alters immune reactivity could
Sander Bel (author of the above) writes articles for Psoriasis
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Other Psoriasis treatments include:
* Soaking in warm water and German chamomile (Matricaria
recutita) or bathing in warm salt water.
* Drinking as many as three cups a day of hot tea made with one
or a combination of the following herbs: burdock root (Arctium
lappa), dandelion (Taraxacum mongolicum) root, Oregon grape root
(Mahonia aquifolium), sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis), and balsam
pear (Momardica charantia).
* Taking two 500-mg capsules of evening primrose oil (Oenothera
biennis) a day. Pregnant women should not use evening primrose oil,
and patients with liver disease or high cholesterol should use it
only under a doctor's supervision.
* Eating a diet that includes plenty of fish, turkey, celery (for
cleansing the kidneys), parsley, lettuce, lemons (for cleansing the
liver), limes, fiber, and fruit and vegetable juices.
* Eating a diet that eliminates animal products high in saturated
and unsaturated fats, such as fried foods, dairy products, and fatty
meats, that promote inflammation.
* Drinking plenty of water (at least eight glasses) each day.
* Regularly imagining clear, healthy skin.
Other helpful alternative approaches include identifying and
eliminating food allergens from the diet; enhancing liver function;
augmenting the supply of hydrochloric acid in the stomach; and
completing a detoxification program. Constitutional homeopathic
treatment, if properly prescribed, can sometimes help resolve
When following these treatments to control and cure Psoriasis, be
sure to adhere strictly to the guidelines prescribed by your doctor
for each one.