It appears like patches of silvery scales or red areas and is found on the scalp, arms, legs, knees, elbows, ears, and back There are cycles of flare-ups and remission
Sometimes it disappears for months or years and especially occurs in winter months. In some, aging makes it better; in others, worse It is most common between 15 and 25 and is not infectious
The skin cells seem to run out of control Instead of skin renewing itself in 30 days, the new cells reach the top layer in 3 days. This produces raised areas of skin, called plaques, which are red and often itchy. Because so many cells are rising and dying (as they normally do), they have a raised, silvery, patchy appearance.
Psoriasis may be linked to faulty fat utilization. Assaults are related to times of stress, illness, surgery, cuts, certain viral and bacterial infections, sunburn, poison ivy, or poison oak. The drugs such as chloroquine, lithium, and beta-blockers also cause it to flare up.
There appears to be a hereditary factor involved. Previous immunizations seem to be a causative factor for some people.
TREATMENT HOME REMEDIES
- There is no certainty that one can totally eliminate psoriasis. Do not spend time worrying over the matter, for the resultant stress may only aggravate it.
- Only the scales and skin debris can be removed. Because psoriatic skin is dry, it is well to put petroleum jelly or vegetable oil in the area. Researchers have found that covering lesions with tape or plastic wrap for days or weeks can sometimes help clear it up. This seems to work only for small areas, no larger than half a dollar. But do not let the area become gooey and infected.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Weight loss helps many who have psoriasis.
- Heavy stress can make it worse; try to retain a calm, cheerful outlook on life. Existing psoriasis tends to get worse when you come down with some other infection.
- Exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light reduces the scaling and redness. With regular amounts of intense sunlight, 95% of psoriasis sufferers improve. But keep in mind that too much ultraviolet light also produces skin cancer.
- You may wish to consider moving to a warmer climate since the problem becomes much worse in the winter.
- An increased intake of animal protein can make it spread outward; conversely, a reduction tends to shrink it. Citrus juices may also be a problem.
- Since psoriasis is a metabolic disease, a cleansing juice fast, 2-3 times for the first week, is a good way to begin working toward its recession. Four weeks later, the fast can be carried out again. But in the meantime, an extremely nourishing diet should have been started. All junk food should have been discarded. Search out, and eliminate allergy foods. Beware of milk and wheat. It may be well to exclude them for 6 months, even if they may appear harmless.
- Avoid fats (butter, milk, cream, eggs, meat), processed food, white flour, sugar, and citrus fruit. Red meat and dairy products contain arachidonic acid, which makes the lesions turn red and swell. Get your oils from natural foods, such as flaxseed, sesame seed, and soybeans.
- Vitamins A, B complex, C, and D all help the skin and appear to be of help in reducing psoriasis.
- Swimming in the ocean is good for reducing psoriasis. Bathing in heated baths is also helpful, but it also tends to increase the itching. Put seawater, several times a day, in the area.
- The various medicinal drugs recommended for psoriasis all have potentially dangerous side effects.
- To reduce the itching, a cold-water bath, perhaps with a cup or so of vinegar added, is very helpful. Another help is ice. Put some in a plastic sack and hold on the area.
- Do not eat steroids, alcohol, or processed foods.
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