Psoriasis causes embarrassment for roughly 125 million people across the world, with nearly 8 million of those in the United States alone.
This incurable skin condition is seen mostly in Caucasians, but African Americans experience it as well. The age range for this skin condition to occur is typically between the ages of 15 and 40. Unfortunately, no one has discovered the exact reason psoriasis occurs, which means that the treatment of the symptoms is key to experiencing relief.
Although there are many types of psoriasis, the type that is most often seen is called chronic plaque psoriasis. The skin develops red or pinkish areas that appear painful. Flaky patches of skin cover the patchy areas.
Still others experience flat bumps on the surface of the skin. Symptoms can include bleeding and itching, not to mention burning or stinging sensations.
This type of psoriasis typically shows up on the scalp, knees, arms or elbows, but can appear on any area of the body
The medical community attributes the causes of psoriasis to the following:
Homeopathic physicians tend to believe that psoriasis causes are tied directly to the overall health of an individual and as a result, should be treated in a manner that treats the person as a whole rather than trying to address just the skin condition itself.
Conventional treatments for psoriasis may include oral medication, topical creams containing steroids, the application of coal tar to the skin, phototherapy, and laser treatments.
Most often, patients with psoriasis are willing to try any and all treatments in order to experience relief. Psoriasis has been known to go into remission, but it is never cured, so the management of the symptoms or triggers is the focus of any treatment.
These approaches to psoriasis are holistic in nature and focus on the entire person, mind, body, and soul in order to treat psoriasis causes and symptoms.
Treatments may include:
There are people with psoriasis who claim that by changing their diet and adding certain supplements to their daily regimen, they have seen a decrease in the number of flare-ups.
Drinking an ample amount of water each day is a good idea for everyone, but especially for those suffering with psoriasis.
Your diet should consist of dark green leafy vegetables, healthy sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, a good quality, non-toxic fish oil , a high-quality multi-vitamin, and supplements.
Supplements that seem to help psoriasis sufferers include milk thistle, oregano oil, and evening primrose oil.
Some people find that certain foods seem to cause psoriasis outbreaks. Triggers for some people can include:
There are some very simply changes you can make in your daily habits that can reduce the amount of stress that your skin and your immune system is under. By simply eliminating many of the irritating chemicals that we put on or in our bodies on a regular basis, we provide instant stress relief to the toxic assault that most of us experience on a daily basis.
Hundreds of chemicals are used and ever present in the foods we eat, the toothpaste we brush our teeth with, the skin care products and soaps we use on our skin, and the shampoo and hair styling products we use, and our cosmetics. Today more and more people are becoming concerned about this issue and are choosing to use less toxic personal care products on their bodies.
The causes of psoriasis are varied, so treatment approaches are varied as well. Typically however, psoriasis treatment involves a multi-faceted approach.
If conventional treatments do not appear to be working, see if you can try something a little different. If you can be open-minded about the treatments available, you may discover more possibilities for reducing or even completely eliminating your symptoms.
Sometimes the best way to find out what may help is to learn from others who have suffered from the same condition. There is a very useful online natural health program called Psoriasis Free For Life which contains a tremendous amount of information to help you find the cause of your psoriasis, and to clear it up by eliminating exactly what is causing the problem. Best of all, they guarantee their program, so if it doesn't work for you, you haven't lost anything.
What works for someone else to clear up their psoriasis may not work for you, and so it is very important to develop a good relationship with your body and to "listen" to what it is telling you, so that you can understand what your body needs!
My free eBook Clear Any Skin Problem Naturally offers a simple, five step plan that is a great first step towards reducing or eliminating your psoriasis symptoms.