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What is Psoriasis?

By Ellin Mahloney

What is psoriasis? This is actually a skin condition characterized by the premature aging of the skin. The dead and dry skin does not slough off as it would and should on normal skin. Instead, it piles up on the affected area. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but a lot of doctors and researchers believe that it is a combination of genes and environmental triggers.

What Triggers Psoriasis

There is no single reason that has been pinpointed and identified to cause psoriasis on anyone. However, a combination of triggers such as infection, injuries, stress, and allergic reactions to certain medication may cause psoriasis. Other triggers include a sudden change in your diet and changes in the weather. However, these alone are not the sole triggers of psoriasis. Some people experience the above-mentioned triggers without having psoriasis.

Ways of Treating Psoriasis

When it comes to treating psoriasis, there are plenty of options available. The first one is to use topical creams, and depending on the severity of the condition, the doctor may prescribe the use of topical creams plus taking oral medications. Most topical creams come with Vitamin D, which is known to decrease the growth of psoriasis cells, as well as anti-inflammatory agents which slow down the skin rate turnover.

Another way of treating psoriasis is to undergo phototherapy treatments. This procedure makes use of either natural or artificial UV light which kills off the psoriasis cells. Needless to say, this procedure is quite expensive compared with using topical cream or making use of home remedies. Depending on how severe your psoriasis case is, your doctor can recommend a combination of oral medications, light therapy, plus topical creams, or any of the two as needed.

Home Remedies for Psoriasis

Since we know what psoriasis is – a skin condition – we know how to treat it and our different options in doing so. If you’re short on funds and cannot afford expensive medical treatments for removing psoriasis, you can make use of home remedies for psoriasis. One of these home remedies is the use of dead sea salt.

Dead Sea Salt

Using dead sea salt by adding a few cups into your bath and soaking in it for at least 30 minutes is great for treating psoriasis as well as for other skin conditions. You can also use dead sea salt as a scrub; mix it with lavender oil and massage it onto the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes. You can then rinse it off with warm water.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another psoriasis home remedy you can try out. All you need to do is to add a few drops of ACV onto your bath and soak in it for a few minutes. ACV is known to fight off bacteria which will prevent any infection from reaching the affected area. ACV is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties and can lessen the itching and redness caused by psoriasis.

Treating psoriasis depends on certain factors, the severity of the case being one of them. Just because a certain treatment worked for someone with psoriasis does not mean it will work for you as well. Consult with your doctor to find out what your options are. 

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