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Psoriasis

A chronic skin condition

psoriasis

Psoriasis is both an autoimmune disease and a lifestyle disease whereby the cellular growth of new skin cells goes awry. In the early stages of this dis-ease, there may be a little reddening of the skin. This redness may spread, become very itchy and the skin dry. As the problem develops, the skin begins to get very dry and scaly, and even more itchy.

While psoriasis is not contagious and in most cases it is not completely debilitating, it is very uncomfortable, very itchy and as with shingles, downright embarrassing. Some people accept this as their fate and learn to live with it, but over time it may continue to worsen and make their lives miserable.

It is regarded as an autoimmune disease that allows the recreate of nature of the body to malfunction but for the immune system to malfunction like this there must be a deeper underlying cause which is why it is seen in complimentary health circles as a lifestyle disease which can be successfully treated.

Five classifications of psoriasis:

  1. Plaque psoriasis, also known as psoriasis vulgaris, makes up about 90% of cases. It typically presents with red patches with white scales on top. Areas of the body most commonly affected are the back of the forearms, shins, around the belly button, and the scalp.
  2. Guttate psoriasis has drop shapped lesions.
  3. Pustular psoriasis presents with small non-infectious pus filled blisters.
  4. Inverse psoriasis forms red patches in skin folds.
  5. Erythrodermic psoriasis occurs when the rash becomes very widespread, and can develop from any of the other types. Fingernails and toenails are affected in most people at some point in time. This may include pits in the nails or changes in nail colour.

Psoriasis is also thought to be a genetic disease which is triggered by environmental factors.

There is probably some truth in this because every individual gets the foundation of their body chemistry from their parents and when growing up, the parents diet and lifestyle is a great influence on physical development.

The seeds for psoriasis could well be sown when the family's diet is high in sugars and processed foods, but low in essential nutrition. This is more of an environmental factor than a genetic factor although one cannot rule out genetics playing a part.

Medical treatments

The medical establishment provides steroid creams and other products for the relief of itching and to keep the dry skin more comfortably soft but these do not reduce the infection or prevent it from spreading.

Some doctors will recommend vitamin D3 cream and exposure of the skin to ultraviolet light which helps to suppress the symptoms and make the condition more bearable. But on the other extreme immune suppressants are sometimes prescribed which can reduce the symptoms but expose users to other risks.

From a medical perspective, treatment is all about managing the condition and not curing it.

There is no cure for psoriasis

It is a rule of law established by the modern medical profession that there can be no cure for any disease, however many people have successfully treated their psoriasis to a point where it no longer exists.

Typically they do this through changing their diet and lifestyle.

A great many people have been successful in treating their own psoriasis by completely eliminating sugars and processed foods from their diets, then adopting a natural wholefood diet. Many people eliminate all animal products and those that don't must ensure that any animal products they consume is organic, free range or otherwise chemical free because most animal products contain high levels of chemical residues that compromise the immune system.

Another toxin to avoid is plastic because or plastics release trace amounts of chemicals that are well known to compromise the endocrine system, but they may also affect the immune system.

Managing the symptoms

The modern medical system has failed those suffering with psoriasis and people need time and support to turn their lives around sufficient to eliminate the problem.

A person wrote in describing their success with tea tree oil, another one useful product is colloidal silver cream. This reduces the itchiness almost instantly and with continued use, the skin condition does improve until one stops using it.  This is a better option they using steroid cream because steroids eventually breakdown the skin structure causing premature ageing.

This would be rather a finding, I put tea tree oil on the bottom of both of my feet, for 13 years I have psoriasis, severely, the tea tree oil, blistered my feet, I could not walk for several days, but the good news, it killed the fungus, and lifted off the 1st layer of skin, now for the first time in a lot of years, I can have a pedicure.

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