A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Psoriasis
I had a question the other day about psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin problem that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin.
Normally, skin cells grow gradually and flake off about every 4 weeks.
New skin cells grow to replace the outer layers of skin as they shed.
But in psoriasis, new skin cells move rapidly to the surface of your skin in days rather than weeks.
They build up and form thick patches called plaques.
The patches range in size from small to large.
They most often appear on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or lower back.
Psoriasis is most common in adults.
But children and teens can get it too.
Having psoriasis can be embarrassing, and many people, especially teens, avoid situations where patches can show.
Experts believe psoriasis occurs when your immune system overreacts, causing inflammation and flaking of skin.
In some cases, psoriasis runs in families.
People with psoriasis often notice times when their skin gets worse.
Things that can cause these flare-ups include a cold and dry climate, infections, stress, dry skin, and taking certain medicines.
Psoriasis isn’t contagious.
It can’t be spread by touch from person to person.
Psoriasis can be mild, with small areas of rash.
When psoriasis is moderate, your skin gets inflamed with raised red areas topped with loose, silvery, scaling skin.
If psoriasis is severe, your skin becomes itchy and tender.
And sometimes large patches form and may be uncomfortable.
The patches can join together and cover large areas of skin, like your entire back.
In some people, psoriasis causes joints to become swollen, tender, and painful.
This is called psoriatic arthritis.
Most cases of psoriasis are mild, and treatment begins with skin care.
This includes keeping your skin moist with creams and lotions.
These are often used with other treatments including shampoos, ultraviolet light, and medicines.
In some cases, psoriasis can be hard to treat.
You may need to try different combinations of treatments to find what works for you.
Treatment for psoriasis may continue for a lifetime.
Skin care at home can help control psoriasis.
It’s also important to avoid things that can cause psoriasis symptoms to flare up or make the condition worse.
Things to avoid include:
>Stress and anxiety.
>Overexposure to sunlight.
Studies haven’t found specific diets cure or improve the condition, even though some advertisements claim to.
For some people, not eating certain foods helps their psoriasis.
To deal with psoriasis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.
*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.
*Epsom salts baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.