Psoriasis – Facts And Treatments

Psoriasis – Facts And Treatments

As a consequence of our exposure to this world of psoriasis we began research and came to understand just how widespread it is. In Great Britain 1 in 50, in Australia between 1 in 25 and 1 in 50 and in the USA 4.5 million adults have been diagnosed, 20% of those with conditions which would be considered moderate to severe.

It would seem that world wide 125 million people are sufferers. Of these, 28 million will develop psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriasis is:

A skin condition that causes thickened red areas sometimes silver or scaly in appearance. This thick scaling results from an increase in the number of skin cells. Whereas in the majority of the population normal skin cells mature in 28 to 30 days in psoriasis the process is seven to ten times faster. Your skin cells cannot shed that quickly and the resultant piling up of cells leads to raised scaly plaques, eventually leading to silvery white scales when the dead cells are farther from the surface.

Psoriasis most commonly affects elbows, knees, legs arms and back but may flare up anywhere including the scalp, nails and mouth. Nails could lose their luster, developing ridges. The pattern is of periodic flare-ups then healing. This cycle may be triggered by stress, certain food allergies, infections, nutritional deficiencies, reactions to medication, climate change and even the build up of toxins from unhealthy eating.

The fact that you are reading this shows your willingness to try various treatments until you find what best suits you. This is paramount in your quest for relief.

Treatments:

There are many forms of treatment and more appear from time to time. These include:

Systemic medications – prescription medications that affect the entire body – steroid, coal tar. Usually reserved for patients with moderate to mild psoriasis.

Phototherapy. Usually used for patients with a condition that does not respond or whose condition is widespread.

Topical treatments – agents applied to the skin which help slow down or normalize the excessive cell reproduction and reduce inflammation, these could be steroid or non steroid based.

Alternative approaches – diet, mind therapies, sun and water therapies.

According to some sources many cases of psoriasis went into remission during WW 11 when protein and caloric intake were restricted lending credence to the idea that diet could be an important part in controlling the outbreaks. Many physicians suggest limiting the consumption of animal proteins and including sufficient fiber.

There is widespread agreement that the diet should be high in fresh vegetables, fruits and also whole grains but low in saturated fat. Fiber is essential in maintaining a healthy colon. Raw fruits and vegetables are also recommended, as is fish for the Omega-3 fatty acids, especially salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring.

Essential are adequate quantities of Vitamin B complex, B1 (thiamine) to improve circulation and healthy skin.B6, also for the skin, B5, to aid in adrenal function, B12, to aid cell formation and longevity. Vitamins A, C and E, Zinc, Folic acid and Glutathione and milk thistle extract to cleanse the liver.

Shark cartilage may be used to inhibit the growth of blood vessels. Regular, moderate exposure to sunlight may help, preferably not in high peak hours but before 10am or after 2pm to avoid sunburn, since UV rays slow down cellular division in the skin.

Finally, it cannot be overstated the paramount importance of keeping the skin moist. In this way significant relief may be obtained. This may be achieved with a variety of topical methods and in the past couple of decades one of the most effective of these comes from jojoba based products the “Ultimate Moisturisers”. The jojoba plant (pronounced ho-ho-bah) is unique among the plant kingdom and when applied to human skin mixes instantly with the skin’s own sebum. It then makes its way deep into the skin’s cell and matrix level where it holds water in the skin by forming a lipid layer. Since jojoba naturally contains Vitamins A, D&E, is antibacterial and antifungal it kills almost all common skin bacteria and fungi. Furthermore it is almost indistinguishable from the skin’s natural sebum.

 

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