Psoriasis Treatment

Finding the best Psoriasis Treatment doesn't have to be difficult. This condition (say sore-EYE-uh-sis) is a non-contagious, lifelong skin disease. As many as one-third of people affected with it also develop a form of arthritis due to this malady, which may cause pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints.

5 Types

There are five types of this skin disorder, and plaque is the most common type. Patches of skin known as lesions get inflamed and covered with scale that is a shade of silvery-white. Inverse shows up in armpits, groin area and in the folds of skin. With the Erythrodermic type, you'll see intense redness across large areas of skin. Guttate appears as small red dots on the skin. Pustular is comprised of white blisters surrounded by red skin.

Psoriasis

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Luckily, it is not contagious and it tends to be mild in most people who are affected by it. The skin lesions produced can look downright scary, but they are not infections or open sores. People with this condition don't pose a public health or safety threat.

Triggers

It's unknown exactly what causes it. Most experts have come to the conclusion that the body's immune system is mistakenly triggered for whatever reason, and this causes a skin cell growth spurt. Normally, a skin cell goes through it's life cycle and is shed from the body's surface in the time span of about a month. Skin cells affected will mature and move to the surface of the skin in just a few days. This is where it gets even weirder. Those skin cells don't shed or fall off, they actually pile up and form skin lesions.

What's the best Psoriasis Treatment?

Apparently it and it's related arthritis don't have a cure, but many different therapies exist that can reduce, or eradicate the symptoms. You'll need to experiment before you find a treatment that works well for you. Psoriasis treatment includes anti-itch creams, therapeutic skin cleansers, sunblocks, hand creams and lip balms. Do your best to avoid skincare products that irritate your skin, as well as cold, dry climates. A humidifier in the home can really help. Lastly, prevent skin injury by not picking at your skin or scratching it.

There is a television commercial for a supposed treatment which airs quite frequently. HUMIRA can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Serious infections like tuberculosis and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria.
  • Hepatitis B infection
  • Allergic reactions
  • Nervous system problems
  • Blood problems
  • Heart failure
  • Immune reactions including a lupus-like syndrome
  • Liver problems
    ...AND it can actually CAUSE Psoriasis (new or worsening) In fact, there are other medications, like lithium and beta blockers which can aggravate the condition and make it worse. 

    Apple Cider Vinegar
    (with "the mother") is a cure-all for many different ailments and it reportedly is a great psoriasis treatment as well. Mixed with water and applied like a compress, it can help ease the itching.  

    If you have an Aloe Vera plant, you can cut off a piece of a leaf and smooth the soothing gel onto the affected area.

    Black Cumin Seed as well as its oil have been used to successfully manage it.

    Folks have reported great results with Defining Gel when applied topically on a regular basis.

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