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Do You Have Psoriasis?

  1. 1. ==== ====Cure Your Psoriasis Naturally in 3 Days! ====Psoriasis is a chronic, recurring, non-contagious skin disorder that is characterized by raised,thickened reddish patches on the skin covered with silvery-white scales that may vary in severityand affect any part of the body, including the nails, scalp and the genital region. There are about125 million psoriasis sufferers world wide. This makes up 3% of the worlds total population! It isestimated that six to seven million Americans have psoriasis, and each year 150,000 to 260,000new cases are diagnosed.The incidence of psoriasis is much lower in dark-skinned West Africans and African-Americansthan in light-skinned persons of European origin. Incidence is also low in the Eskimos and theJapanese, and is extremely rare in Native Americans. Genetic, geographic and environmentalfactors may play a major role in this striking disparity between the races.Most psoriasis patients undergo intense emotional turmoil while they fight to control their diseasewhich tends to have periods of flare ups and remissions the year around. Though no cure has yetbeen discovered, observing certain principles in life style and skin care management will providepatients a scope for optimum control of the disease. Following are a few tips that would be usefulfor the psoriasis sufferers:1. Maintain desirable health habits. Psoriasis flare ups are common when you are weak or tired.Taking a balanced diet while reducing red meats and alcohol will go a long way in helping the skinto maintain a calm milieu interior. Patients should also drink plenty of water and get at least 7-8hours of uninterrupted sleep every day. Do moderate exercises at least 3-4 times every week.Remember that good nutrition, rest and exercise tune up your body and mind and keep up theequilibrium which is essential to reduce the psoriasis flare ups. These healthy habits will alsoreduce the chances of contracting infection, another important factor in psoriasis aggravations.I always remind my patients that medications have only about 30% role in the management ofpsoriasis. Rest of the 70% involves lifestyle adjustments.2. Quit Smoking. Many studies have pointed out that pustular psoriasis of the palms and soles, avariant of psoriasis, is aggravated by smoking. Patients who quit smoking found their lesionsclearing up faster. Research also suggests that severity of psoriasis may be linked to smoking.Hence it is highly imperative that you totally give up smoking if you want to get rid of those itchy,scaly, red patches.
  2. 2. 3. Avoid alcohol. Alcohol is a trigger for psoriasis. There is no doubt about it. Though somedermatologists allow moderate consumption of alcohol in psoriasis, it is my personal observationthat even a small quantity of alcohol (like a glass of wine or beer) does cause flare ups in patients.Hence the verdict is - No Alcohol in any forms!4. Learn to manage your stress. Stress has long been linked to the induction and exacerbation ofall types of psoriasis. As mentioned above, psoriasis can be considered a life style disease (muchlike hypertension or increased blood pressure), a combination of genetic predisposition andpsycho- neuro-immuno-hormonal triggers playing a significant role in the causation, initialtriggering and maintenance of the disease.Psoriatics should try to learn and master any one of the stress management techniques likeprogressive relaxation, biofeedback, yoga etc. Counselling sessions and psoriasis support groupparticipations will be beneficial for those who find it difficult to relax by themselves. According tothe National Psoriasis Foundation, stress reduction works best when combined with appropriatemedical treatment.5. Avoid aggravating medications. Certain medications taken for other diseases can aggravate oreven precipitate psoriasis. Medications that can trigger psoriasis are:Anti-malarial drugs like chloroquineBeta-blockers (medication used to treat high blood pressure) and heart medication.Corticosteroids. Steroids are double edged swords. They can control severe psoriasis quickly, butsudden withdrawal can cause severe flare ups. Personally I avoid prescribing steroids to mypatients unless it is absolutely necessary, that is, psoriasis is severely compromising their qualityof life. Only after exhausting other treatment modalities do I take up this group of medications andmost patients would do well to steer clear of steroids as a first line of treatment for psoriasis. Eventopical steroids should be used very carefully and under medical supervision in psoriasis.Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like indomethacin worsen psoriasis in most patients.Lithium , the antipsychotic drug is a known aggravator of psoriasis.If you have a family history of psoriasis or you are suffering from the disease, inform yourphysician if you are taking any of the above drugs. Your doctor may be able to substitute alternatemedication.6. Avoid Scratching, rubbing and picking at the lesions. Any injury to the skin in both involved anduninvolved areas can produce new psoriasis lesions by irritating the basal layer of the skin andswitching on the spurting action of the epidermal cells. Research shows that about 50% of peoplewith psoriasis experience the Koebner phenomenon - developing a psoriatic lesion at the site of askin injury. Hence patients should carefully avoid any direct injury to the skin. Scrubbing to removethe scales is a mistake, as this can worsen the disease.
  3. 3. 7. Treat any infectious foci at the earliest. Studies show that some infections can trigger psoriasis.Streptococcal throat infections often precedes an outbreak of guttate psoriasis(small drop likelesions), especially in children. Inverse or flexural psoriasis is frequently aggravated by a candidalinfection in the folds. Severe generalized psoriasis recalcitrant to treatment is seen inimmunodeficient conditions like HIV infection. Treating the infection lessens or clears the psoriasisin most cases. Also look for signs of any infectious foci in your mouth(dental caries),throat(tonsillitis), sinusitis, gall bladder(cholecystitis), urinary bladder(cystitis) etc. Finding andtreating these infections could give much better control over your psoriasis status.8. Treat the disease before it worsens. Most effective way to stop the itching and appearance ofnew lesions in psoriasis is to treat the psoriasis properly as soon as the lesions appear. Consultyour dermatologist at the earliest sign of a break out.9. Take good care of your skin. Keeping the skin moist and supple is of paramount importance inpsoriasis. Any dryness will increase the scaling, flaking and itching which will further aggravate thecondition.Soak in a luke-warm oatmeal bath. This relieves itching and hydrates the skin layers.Pat your skin dry; do not rub or scrub. See tip number 6 above. Developing a habit of gentlypatting your skin dry is advisable.Apply emollients and moisturizers. Emollients soften the skin. Moisturizers lock in the skins ownmoisture to prevent dryness and cracking. One of the best ways to lock in moisture is to applymoisturizer after bathing. Regular use of moisturizers can help prevent the itch and pain of dry skinand reduce scaling and inflammation. A urea containing lotion is preferred during the day and acream or ointment(if you dont mind a little messiness) at night to maintain the hydration of theepidermal layers.Use sunscreen. Patients using retinoids should apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before goingoutdoors and wear protective clothing. Sun exposure can cause sunburn, which can in turn triggerpsoriasis. But complete avoidance of sun can cause more harm than good. A moderate supply ofUV rays is indeed good for clearing up of the psoriatic lesions!Wear cotton clothing .Synthetics will irritate and heat up the skin and worsen psoriasis and arebest avoided. If you have to wear them, wear thick cotton undergarments beneath.Look out for winter worsening: Cold, dry weather worsens psoriasis. Emollient creams andointments should be used copiously during winter months. Before application of the moisturizer,
  4. 4. remember to moist the skin with luke warm water. The use of humidifiers, both at home and work,can add moisture to the air in winter months and help in avoiding exacerbations. Remember thatair-conditioning can dry out the skin and aggravate psoriasis just like winter! Keeping the AC tominimum required coolness and regular application of moisturizing creams can overcome thisproblem.10. Learn to live with Psoriasis. While there is no permanent cure, psoriasis can be successfullymanaged so that one experiences more good days than bad. Numerous treatment options areavailable, and recent advances are revolutionizing the management and care of psoriasis. Nosingle treatment will be effective for all patients. Hence a dermatologist will consider a patientsoverall health, age, lifestyle, and the severity of the psoriasis and then decide on a treatmentoption that will achieve maximum effectiveness.Psoriasis patients will do well to keep a positive mental attitude towards life and its happenings.Remember, any negative signal from the mind is an instant trigger for psoriasis!Psoriasis, though quite a common disease, has not received the attention it deserves from thehealth authorities in most countries. As a result, the much needed awareness campaigns andfunding of research projects have been lagging behind for decades. It was in this context that in2004 the first World Psoriasis day was launched. Conceived by patients for patients, WorldPsoriasis Day is a truly global event that sets out to give an international voice to the 125 millionpsoriasis sufferers.Visit to learn more about the World Psoriasis Day on October29th. There, you can also sign a petition calling on the World Health Organization to recognizepsoriasis as a serious disease worth more attention and research projects than is presentlyavailable. This will give a boost to the Psoriasis Support Groups and will also bring in moreresources to the world wide psoriasis research scenario.Dr.Hanish Babu, MD is a Dermato-Venereologist, author, stress management trainer and anetpreneur. He has recently released a stress management package "10 Days to Stress FreeLife".To subscribe to his Less Stress News Letter, go to: http://www.lesstress.netFor Skin Care Tips, go to: Source:,_MD
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