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Psoriasis is a condition in the skin that is identified as dry and scaly patches- a formation of dry skin cells that appear as scruffy and silvery sometimes reddish and rough. It usually appears in the knees, scalp, forehead, elbows, crotch, buttocks, back, and sometimes in eyebrows, genitals, navel, armpits, and nails. Often Psoriais is associated with poor hygiene but clean people can still get psoriasis. Psoriasis is usually graded as mild (affecting less than 3% of the body), moderate (affecting 3-10% of the body) or severe.
Symptoms of Psoriasis
Everyone can have psoriasis but fair-colored people suffer more than dark-skinned people. The most common Psoriasis are as under:
· The condition generally appears for the first time around adolescence or early adult life.
· It is often a family disease occurring in different generations of one stock, and is often associated with gout or rheumatism.
· The eruption almost always appears first round the back of the elbow and the front of the knees. It begins as small pimples, each covered with a white cap of scales, which enlarge in breadth till they form patches two or three inches wide. At the same time, patches appear on other parts of the body, especially the scalp and the face.
Causes of Psoriasis
There are varied reasons why one could have Psoriasis and are different for different people.
· As per Ayurveda the impurities in the blood associated with emotional factors are the cause of the disease.
· Irregular food habits, consumption of foodstuffs that are advised not to be eaten together (Eg: diary products with fish)
· Excessive intake of yogurt, black gram, seafood, sour and salted items.
· Alcohol and tobacco consumption will act as a catalyst here and enhance the occurance.
Home remedies for Psoriasis
Home Remedies for Psoriasis:
· Mix1 pint or 600 ml water honey and 1oz or 25 grams of dried chamomile flowers and 1oz or 25 grams of dried burdock seed. Simmer it for 15 minutes covered and strain it to remove the solid contents. Add honey to sweeten the tea. Store it in the refrigerator. Drink 3 tablespoon for at least 4 times a day for 2 weeks.
· The effected area of the skin should be treated with ointments at least 2 times a day. The salicylic acid, anthralin, and tar preparations contained in ointments will control the growth of the skin cells.
· An effective treatment is marigold lotion. It works effectively on irritated scalp.. Boil the water with marigold heads for 2 minutes. Allow it to settle until it reaches the room temperature. Massage it on the scalp and wash it with ultra mild shampoo. You can also use cider vinegar or lemon juice to ensure thorough rinsing.
· Rub the psoriasis area with calendula oil mixed with oregano oil and olive oil. The proportion is calendula (2 drops), oregano oil (1 drop), and olive oil (1 cup).
· Combine 1 tsp. of castor oil and 1 tsp. of wheat germ oil and mix it with sunflower oil of about 1 cup. Apply it on the affected area.
· Use lukewarm water to wash the skin affected with psoriasis. Do not over-wash the skin. It will result to more scales and sore.
· Expose yourself to sunlight regularly for at least 30 mins. It will improve the texture of the affected area of the skin. But avoid the period between 10am to 2 pm. This is the time when sunrays are strongest.
· Keep your skin away from any forms of injuries as well as from cold. This will aggravate the psoriasis.
· Use mineral oil mixed with 10% salicylic acid with toothbrush to scalp and remove the thick scales. Leave the skin overnight and wash it with a mixture of tar-based shampoo and 10% acid the following morning.
· You can also use loofah as brush to remove scales. Do it gently. To reduce swelling and inflammation, massage it with oil.
· Soak the affected area in a mixture of tar solution and water, or water with Epsom salts. Do this for 15 minutes to reduce the itching.
· Eat foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E or take food supplements daily. Recommended amount is 10,000 IU for vitamin A, 2-5,000 mg. For vitamin C, and 400-1200 IU for vitamin E.
· Reduce or remove dairy and red meat products from your diet. Both contain arachidonic acid. This will make your psoriasis swell and may further inflict inflammation to the affected area.
· Look for good moisturizers and use it after bath or before going to sleep. This will reduce the dryness of the skin and in turn lessen the dryness of the psoriasis.
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