Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis - Tiziana M. - ebook
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For anyone who suffers from psoriasis, it is an unfortunate fact that there is no known cure for the condition at present. However, as you should understand by now, there are plenty of natural treatments that you can use to deal with your psoriasis or indeed with psoriatic arthritis that can reduce or even eliminate the worst effects of the condition.Of course, you should not totally ignore medical advice or recommendations, especially if your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis is particularly severe. In some circumstances, there is no doubt that medical intervention is likely to be necessary in order to bring the worst cases of Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis under control and if this is the case for you, you may need to heed medical advice.

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Chapter 1

 

 

 

Natural treatments for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

Table of Contents

Introduction .......................................................................................................................3

What is psoriasis? ............................................................................................................4

What causes psoriasis? .................................................................................................6

Why do people get psoriasis? .....................................................................................7

Why do some people suffer and not others? ........................................................9

When does psoriasis first develop, and will I have it all my life? ...............11

Psoriasis and quality of your life .............................................................................12

Diagnosis and medical treatments for psoriasis ...............................................14

Topical psoriasis treatments .................................................................................15

Systematic psoriasis treatments .........................................................................17

Phototherapy and laser treatment for psoriasis ............................................18

Natural treatments for psoriasis ..............................................................................20

Acupuncture for psoriasis .......................................................................................20

You truly are what you eat! ..................................................................................21

Other natural treatments for psoriasis .............................................................22

Psoriatic arthritis ............................................................................................................26

An overview of psoriatic arthritis ........................................................................26

What causes psoriatic arthritis?...........................................................................28

Who is likely to suffer from psoriatic arthritis? .............................................28

Diagnosis and recognizing the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis ..............28

Medical treatment for psoriatic arthritis ...............................................................30

Natural treatments for psoriatic arthritis .............................................................32

Natural chemicals and devices for the relief of psoriatic arthritis ..........32

Herbs to treat psoriatic arthritis ..........................................................................33

Conclusion ........................................................................................................................34 3

Introduction

Psoriasis is a condition that is suffered by many millions of people all over the world, with various developed countries reporting incidence rates that are remarkably similar.

For instance, in the USA, the reported rate of severe psoriasis is somewhere between 2% and 3% of the population, whilst in Australia, the condition affects around 2% of the population as well.

Furthermore, it is suggested in some quarters that up to 20% of the population of the USA may have some form of psoriasis ranging from the very mild to severe, and that perhaps as many as 4.5 million people could be serious psoriasis sufferers.

On top of this, it is reported that there are 150,000 new cases of psoriasis reported every year in the USA alone, so if it is assumed that psoriasis is as prevalent in other countries as it is in the States, it clearly represents a significant problem on a global scale.

For psoriasis sufferers, there is something of a ‘good news, bad news’ paradox with which most of these people have undoubtedly already learned to live.

The good news is that, on the one hand, psoriasis is not a condition that is life threatening (although it has been suggested that the condition increases the risk of heart attack). Balanced against this however is the fact that psoriasis can bring a great deal of misery to both sufferers and their families, so it is not a condition that can be ignored.

Furthermore, because it can develop into something far more unpleasant and painful, psoriasis is a condition that sufferers have to treat.

As with any medical condition or complaint, there are many different ways of treating or dealing with psoriasis, some of which are dependent on pharmaceutical drugs whilst others are completely natural. And of course, it almost always follows that treating any medical condition naturally is the best way of doing things if such treatments are going to be appropriate and effective.

The purpose of this book is to examine what psoriasis is and what causes it in greater detail, before looking at the various different ways of treating the condition.

Armed with this information, you should be in a position to consider and decide whether using pharmaceutical drugs is a good idea for treating your own psoriasis condition or whether using 100% natural methods of treating your condition is a better idea. 4

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition which is not contagious.

There are five different types of psoriasis, of which by far the most common is plaque psoriasis which is a form that is suffered by approximately 80% of psoriasis sufferers. This particular form of psoriasis (also known as ‘psoriasis vulgaris’, with the latter word meaning common) usually appears as reddish patches of raised skin which are often covered in a silvery-white scale.

These skin patches, otherwise known as plaques (hence the condition name) or lesions are most commonly found on the elbows and knees, the scalp or sometimes in the lower back area of the sufferer.

Having said this, they are not restricted to these particular areas of the body and can appear anywhere on the head, torso or limbs.

 

The other less common types of psoriasis are:

• Guttate psoriasis which is characterized by small red spots on the skin. This particular form of psoriasis most commonly develops in children or teenagers who have a history of streptococcal infections;

 

• Erythrodermic psoriasis where the patient suffers widespread redness, severe itching and often pain. This is the least common type of psoriasis which is suffered by only 1% to 2% of people who have psoriasis, which is fortunate, because this particular type of psoriasis can in the most extreme cases be life-threatening. This is because in the most severe cases, large sections of skin are shed, meaning that there are areas of exposed, unprotected flesh which could be prone to infections (it is often compared to those who have suffered very bad burns);

 

• Inverse psoriasis is where the sufferer is likely to find small, smooth red lesions forming in bodily skin folds where warm, moist conditions (such as in the armpits, genital area etc) encourage smooth, non-scaly but nevertheless painful to the touch plaques

 

• Pustular psoriasis which is characterized by patches of red skin at the centre of which there are likely to be white pustules. This type of psoriasis occurs in less than 5% of sufferers, and is usually seen only in adults.

Irrespective of the particular type of psoriasis that an individual is suffering from, it usually causes at least a degree discomfort which in some cases can become mild to severe pain. For psoriasis sufferers, it is 5

a fact of their life that their skin is almost always itchy, and that it can often crack and bleed as well.

In the most severe cases, the pain suffered by someone who has psoriasis can be significant enough to prevent them handling every day tasks whilst also making settled sleep extremely difficult as well.

In medical terms, the treatment that medical professionals and other doctors would recommend for psoriasis will to a very large extent depend upon the severity of the condition being suffered by the individual seeking advice.

Some dermatologists would classify psoriasis in three different categories, being mild, moderate and severe with the definition of each of these categories depending on the percentage of the patient’s body that is covered with psoriasis lesions.