Psoriasis is a common, chronic condition in which the skin develops red, itchy patches, and thick, silvery scales. Autoimmunity is suspected as the core problem. The course of the disease typically involves periods of symptom flares alternating with periods of remission.
Psoriasis can range in severity from annoying to disabling. The disease can be diagnosed by a physician by performing a physical exam and medical history. In some cases, the doctor may take a small skin sample (biopsy) to rule out similar conditions such as eczema.
Some of the symptoms associated with Psoriasis include:
Pain in the joints.
Rashes, dryness, fissures, flakiness, peeling, small bump, thickness, or redness of the skin.
Also common is depression, inflamed tendons, itching, joint stiffness, plaque, or small dents in nails
The goals of conventional treatment for psoriasis are to control symptoms and prevent complications. Treatments depend on the severity of the condition and include topical and oral medications and light therapy.
In addition to these measures, which may be necessary in severe cases, there are things you can do at home to help prevent or at least manage flare ups.
Make dietary changes which include following an anti-inflammatory diet.
Making sure to get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly those rich in carotenoids (mangoes, corn, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash, as well as leafy greens and tomatoes).
Supplements which may include: omega-3 fatty acids, evening primrose oil (500 mg), a natural source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), a fatty acid that promotes healthy growth of skin, hair and nails and extract of milk thistle (Silybum marianum).
Avoid frangrances as many soaps and perfumes contain chemicals that may irritate the skin.
Reduct your stress levels as this may actually trigger a flare up.
Symptoms or risk factors for Psoriasis should be discussed with your physician.
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