Psoriasis

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Description

Psoriasis is a common non-contagious, chronic, persistent, and recurrent skin disorder, that affects both sexes usually beginning between 15 and 25 years of age and then continuing throughout life with periodic flare-ups.

Symptoms

1. Psoriasis is identified as patches of raised, rough, inflamed, red skin, often covered with loose, silvery, shiny scales.
2. Psoriasis usually first appears on the elbows and knees but may start covering larger areas where the plaques grow and merge into one another. The hairline of the scalp, buttocks, Bellybutton, nails, and sacrum can also be particularly susceptible to an outbreak.
3. The affected area/s may be itchy (only 30% of psoriasis sufferers may experience itching though), painful, and in some cases can crack or bleed.
4. Psoriasis tends to be worse in the winter months, mainly due to low humidity and a lack of sunlight.
5. Psoriasis lesions will heal without scarring and don’t tend to affect hair growth.
6. Should pustules form they are generally sterile and do not represent an infection.

Treatments

While there is no cure for psoriasis, treatment will be aimed at reducing the symptoms.

1. Intravenous ozone therapy, Rife therapy, and Halo therapy may assist with the inflammation and symptoms of psoriasis.
2. Diet
3. Fatty acid supplementation such as omega 3 and 6 may benefit skin disorders.

In general psoriasis sufferers should avoid:
1. Getting sunburn
2. Drugs and alcohol
3. Stress
4. A Bad diet where a toxic build-up in the colon may trigger an episode.

Allopathic treatments for psoriasis will include:
1. Steroid and retinoid creams
2. Moisturizers for dry skin
3. Coal tar in the form of lotions, creams, and shampoos.
4. Vitamin D-based cream or ointments
5. For more severe psoriasis ultraviolet light therapy might be used to slow the growth of skin cells.
6. Drugs such as cyclosporine and methotrexate.

Nutrients and supplements:
1. Psoriasis formula – used for both the red itchy and white flaky forms of psoriasis
2. Omega 3 – helps to reduce the inflammatory response
3. Allergy formula – for allergic reactions, is a natural antihistamine.
4. Inflammation formula – a general anti-inflammatory, for all inflammatory conditions.
5. Zinc – needed for healing and repair
6. Selenium – has antioxidant properties
7. Vit B Complex – helps to maintain a healthy skin
8. Vitamin D3 – important for skin health
9. Vitamin E – helps neutralise free radicals that damage the skin.
10. MSM – important for tissue repair
11. Buffered Vitamin C – for the formation of collagen and skin tissue, is also important for immune boosting.
12. Flax seed oil – supplies essential fatty acids that are important for skin disorders.

Causes

Although the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown it is believed that a combination of factors may be responsible.

1. There may be a link to the immune system where an inflammatory response, triggers new skin cells to form too quickly. Skin cells are normally replaced every 10 to 30 days, with psoriasis however, they are replaced every 3 to 4 days.
2. Psoriasis may have a genetic component as it tends to run in families but has been known to skip generations.
3. Toxic build-up in an unhealthy colon may also contribute

Psoriasis may be triggered by the following:
1. Stress
2. Viral or bacterial Infections
3. Injuries (the Koebner phenomenon)
4. Sunburn
5. Drugs and alcohol
6. Topical medications

Underlying Emotions

With psoriasis, there may be mixed feelings of anger and grief which combine to produce confusion, and frustration surrounding relationships. There may be fears of being hurt leading to deadening of the senses of the self, often there is a refusal to accept responsibility for hurt feelings. In general skin conditions represent anxiety, fear, and being threatened often concerning old buried emotional traumas.

Diet

Here are some dietary recommendations that may be beneficial:

  1. Anti-inflammatory foods: Include foods that have anti-inflammatory properties, such as fruits (especially berries), vegetables (especially leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts), fatty fish (like salmon, mackerel, and sardines), nuts and seeds (such as walnuts and flaxseeds), and healthy fats (like olive oil and avocados).
  2. Omega-3 fatty acids: Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, as they have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. Good sources include fatty fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts. You may also consider omega-3 supplements like fish oil or algae oil capsules, but consult with your healthcare provider before starting any supplements.
  3. Gluten and dairy avoidance: Some individuals with psoriasis may have sensitivities or intolerances to gluten or dairy products, which can trigger or worsen their symptoms. Consider eliminating or reducing these foods from your diet to see if it makes a difference.
  4. Reduce processed foods and sugars: Highly processed foods, sugary snacks, and drinks can contribute to inflammation in the body. Limit your intake of these foods and opt for whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible.
  5. Stay hydrated: Drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and support overall health.
  6. Alcohol and smoking: Limit or avoid alcohol consumption, as it can exacerbate psoriasis symptoms. Smoking can also make symptoms worse, so if you smoke, consider quitting.
  7. Vegetable juices (carrot and beet juices can be especially helpful).

Remedies

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