Sunday, December 21, 2008

PSORIASIS

It can be managed easily

Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory and autoimmune disease that appears on the skin and also can affect the joints. Psoriasis is not contagious (you don’t catch it from someone else). It usually looks like red scaly patches on the skin and can be recurring.
There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale. Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body. It is generally triggered by allergic reactions, an infection, trauma, our good old nemesis, stress and can occur at any age.
Psoriasis develops because of a glitch in the body’s immune system. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin this results the body to attack healthy cells/tissues as if they were diseased. These repeated attacks cause inflammation and excessive skin production.
Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints. Psoriatic arthritis can develop at any time, but it most commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50 and affects men at a higher rate than women. Genes, the immune system and environmental factors are all believed to play a role in the onset of the disease.
Early recognition, detection and treatment of psoriatic and psoriatic arthritis play important role in relieving pain and inflammation and help preventing damage of joints. But coping with psoriasis can be emotionally challenging because it generally occurs on the face and hands and can be seen by other people
There are many treatment modalities for psoriasis including topical products, traditional systemic medications, photo therapy and biologic drugs. Additionally, there are many complementary and alternative therapies also. Treating psoriasis is critical to good disease management and overall health.
Consult with your doctor to find a proper treatment—or treatments—that reduce or eliminate the symptoms. What works for one person with psoriasis might not work for another. Therefore it is important for you to know about the different treatment options and should keep trying until you find the right regimen for yourself. Living well with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is more than treating the disease. It means taking an active role in your care and developing habits and routines that support your well-being.
Developing a healthy lifestyle is particularly important for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic diseases affect not just the skin and joints, but other parts of the body as well. Research shows that psoriasis is associated with other serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression.
You may try some of the following well worked suggestions with the approval of your physician:
•Avoid sunburn, but do try to get at least 20 minutes of sun exposure in the morning or evening to help your body generate its own vitamin D. In addition, a supplementation of Vitamin D (400 I.U.) is highly recommended by experts.
•Take natural supplementation of Omega 3 fatty acids (4 grams) daily, because Omega 3 fatty acids have naturally occurring anti-inflammatory properties.
•Take a Vitamin B supplement that contains all the B’s, including B-12, in addition to 500 mg. of Vitamin C every day.
•Ask your doctor about a C-reactive protein test that measures the amount of inflammation you have in your body. Find a supplement that contains these anti-inflammatory properties and take it daily.
•Fresh berries, black, red, blue, etc., contain antioxidants. Eat fresh or flash-frozen berries whenever you get the chance.
•Watch for any allergic reactions to foods such as dairy, wheat, corn, shellfish, etc. Report any food allergies to your physician.
•Stress reduction exercises such as Yoga and Progressive Relaxation.

Keep in mind that a diagnosis of psoriasis is not the end of the world. It is a manageable disorder which generally could be managed by proper prescription and dietary changes.

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