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What You Need to Know about Psoriasis

By Ann Kelly

Psoriasis is an irritating, painful skin disorder that affects huge numbers of people all over the world. This lifelong condition affects people differently, and being knowledgeable about psoriasis, will help anyone struggling with the condition to cope better, and for that reason improve their quality of life. Following is some useful info about the problem, including natural home remedies for psoriasis that many patients have found to be effective in managing the problem. Psoriasis develops when the immune system malfunctions, and the cells in the skin grow too quickly, most times taking only a few days to form, instead of weeks as they normally do. Because the body does not get rid of these extra cells, they accumulate on the surface of the skin, triggering wounds to form. The areas of the body most frequently impacted by psoriasis are the knees, elbows, back, scalp as well as the nails.

Various kinds of psoriasis: The appearance of the wounds due to the condition depends on the kind of psoriasis, of which there are five, namely plaque, pustular, guttate, erythrodermic, and inverse. The plaque-type psoriasis, which affects about 80% of sufferers, can be white, red, or silver in appearance, and cause thick, scaly areas to build up on the skin. As mentioned before, psoriasis can also affect the finger and toenails of about 50% of sufferers. The nails will change color, become ridged or pitted and slowly become separated from the nail bed. As this could be the start of psoriatic arthritis, the sufferer should get medical help as soon as possible to prevent the condition from becoming debilitating, due to deterioration in the joints.

Who could get skin psoriasis? Anyone can get this skin disease and develops in both female and male equally. However, if you family members have a history of psoriasis occurrence, the rate of incidence is higher but it does not totally guarantee its manifestation, if no trigger is available.

Some helpful home remedies for psoriasis: 1 – Psoriasis has proven to flare up every so often and according to some sufferers, taking 20 to 40 drops of burdock root tincture daily, reduced these flare ups quite substantially. 2 – Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, and is used by many European sufferers, as an effective home remedy for treating psoriasis. However, as chamomile contains ragweed, those allergic to ragweed should not use this remedy. 3 – Garlic not only has compounds which contain sulphur, but also contains detoxifying ingredients as well. Lack of sulphur is also thought to trigger the development of psoriasis. Taking 3 to 6 garlic capsules daily is usually recommended for the treatments of psoriasis. These are just a few of the many home remedies for psoriasis. By doing some research, you are sure to find those that will suit your particular needs best.

Skincare for psoriasis sufferers: There are many skincare products which are particularly made for individuals with psoriasis, most of which contain ingredients such as natural aloe vera, sea salts, and oatmeal, all of which are known to help improve the condition. The best thing to do is to discuss the severity of your condition with your doctor, who’ll help you as to which products or preparations are likely to work best for your certain problem.

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