How To Stop Psoriasis Symptoms Now

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      Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin condition characterized by inflamed red
patches on the skin. It generally affects adults but kids and teenagers can develop
the ailment characterized by red blotchy layers of dead skin, flaking, redness and
scaling itchy areas, as well. A good understanding of what it is and how it is
caused is crucial to treating the ailment and manage the symptoms. Click
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                                 What Causes Psoriasis


      Psoriasis is caused by an overreaction of the immune system. This is turn
leads to inflammation of the skin and causes it to develop flakes and psoriasis
scales. Under normal conditions new cells grow and are shed within a span of 4
weeks but the skin cells that are affected by the condition develop at a faster rate
and do not shed like the normal cells. This leads to build up of excess skin, which
leads to the symptoms that characterize this ailment.


      The severity of the psoriasis varies from one person to another. Many people
fear that the disease is contagious, but it is not. It is not spread by coming into
contact with a person who has contracted the same. It may however be hereditary;
though research has yet to show how it passes through family members from
generation to generation.


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       Some of the recognizable symptoms of the condition are:


            Thick Skin Rash (generally situated on the scalp, hands, elbows, feet
or lower back)
            Red, White or Silver Colored Rashes
            Irritating Itching, Persistent Itchiness
            Severe Inflammation of the Skin
       There are certain conditions that trigger a psoriasis break out. Few of the
conditions include:
            Stress
            Some Types of Mental Ailments and the Medications Used to Treat
Them
            Smoking
            Certain Medications
            Cold and/or Dry Weather


                                    Natural Treatments


       There are a number of treatments available to treat the condition and reduce
the symptoms. Additionally a number of natural cures are available and considered
to be safe and without any side effects. Some of the natural cures include using
herbs such as herbal detox tea, red clover, oregon grape root extract and salts such
as Natrium Muriaticum 6C and Kalium Sulphate 6C.


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      These are considered to be highly effective remedies as these help reduce
inflammation and also helps in keeping the system hydrated.


      There are homeopathic treatments as well that are available to tackle the
condition.


      There are several homemade remedies that can go a long way in treating the
disease. Using oils such as that of avocado, fresh cashew nuts, buttermilk and
consuming fruits and vegetables such as bitter gourd, grapes, carrot and cucumber
can help in cleansing the blood and thereby decrease the effect of the disease.


      Herbal creams and shampoos that contain good remedial blends are also
available in the market to treat psoriasis.


      As psoriasis is aggravated by improper diet, stress and improper lifestyle
habits, bringing the body back to normal balance also works effectively as a
psoriasis treatment. Treating the condition generally consists of managing as well
as controlling flare-ups of the symptoms. A dose of lifestyle changes can be highly
effective in stopping the condition and preventing future break outs.


            Keep stress at bay
            Maintain a healthy weight
            Keep the immune system strong
            Keep yourself away from excessive exposure to the sun

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            Protect yourself from skin injuries
            Stay away from medications that can trigger psoriasis symptoms
            Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption
            Add multivitamins and minerals in the diet


                             The Different Types of Psoriasis


      Some of the most commonly contracted form of the disease are: inverse
psoriasis, plaque psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, guttate psoriasis and erythrodermic
psoriasis.


      Most people afflicted with the condition contract a singular type, however
one type can lead to another when stimulated by external situations such as a
health concern or a stressful situation. Often ailments that cause the immune
system to be overburdened can lead to the condition and worsening of psoriasis
symptoms.


      Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of the skin affliction and almost
80% of those afflicted suffer from this.


      Guttate psoriasus is the second most common type. It is generally linked to
a viral infection and is most commonly found in teenagers and children.


      Pustular psoriasis is a rare kind of the diseases that is characterized by
raised pustules that are covered with pus.


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         Erythrodermic psoriasis is very painful and can also be deadly in some
cases.


         Inverse psoriasis is a glossy and shiny eruption that generally affects the
armpits, breasts and genital areas.


         In some severe cases, people develop arthritic symptoms called as psoriatic
arthritis.


         People thus afflicted complain of painful, swollen joints. The severity of the
ailment can sometimes also cause loss of finger and toe nails due to the skin build-
up beneath the surface that pushes the nail out of the nail bed.


                               Solutions to Reduce Symptoms


         A proper skin care regimen is very important for those afflicted with this
condition. The skin patches are often itchy; however, it is best not to scratch the
scales as this can injure the skin leading to an infection. Instead it is best to
moisturize the surface.


         Forcefully tearing away the patches can lead to a worsening of the situation.
It is important that you find out which skincare products works best for you and
use those regularly.


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         Products containing aloe vera has been found to be highly effective in some
cases.


         If a person is afflicted with the condition on the scalp there are many over-
the-counter shampoos that can help deal with the irritated areas on the scalp. These
shampoos have been known to be very effective. The regular shampoos contain
alcohol which remove moisture from the skin and are not advisable if you are
using for psoriasis.


         Although over exposure to sun is not good for people afflicted with this
condition, short exposures to sunlight or other ultraviolet lighting is recommended
in treating the condition.


         Exposure to the sun for 15-20 minutes every day is helpful and if this
amount of time causes irritation in the skin you may consider reducing it to a level
that is more comfortable.


         Psoriasis is generally regarded as a chronic ailment. It can go into remission
for a long duration of time but it is generally one that one has to live with for a
lifetime. Good skin care and avoiding conditions that can lead to flare-ups help
manage psoriasis.


         Those afflicted with severe psoriasis are often found to suffer from bouts of
depression. There are many support groups for people emotionally affected by the
disease. Opting for emotional counseling with a qualified therapist can also go a
long way to help treat the condition.

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      What is heartening is that even in the most advanced cases of psoriasis there
are effective steps that you can take in order to improve the quality of life and
largely reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, improving your health and day to day
living. With proper care, you can stop painful itching, reduce irritation areas, stop
the painful flaking of psoriasis scales.


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