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Psoriasis is unlike other skin conditions, many of which are caused by external irritations. Psoriasis may be one of the oldest recorded skin conditions. It was probably first described around 35 AD. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. About 80% of people who develop psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, which appears as patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scale. These patches, or plaques, frequently form on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp. However, the plaques can occur anywhere on the body. Unlike skin conditions that are the result of external causes, psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, and runs in families (like it does in mine). Drug treatments are much the same as for rheumatoid arthritis, and include steroids and biologics that depress the immune system. These treatments come with a high risk of side effects, and the prohibitive cost puts them out of reach of many people. While this condition is not life threatening, it has a profound effect on the peoples lives, self esteem and confidence.

Healing by cleansing your system. The holistic approach to treatment considers not just cooling herbal oils and salves to treat the dry, itchy scales, but the use of blood purifying herbs. oregon grape, sarsaparilla, and licorice are used in herbal medicine as a blood purifiers. Burdock and dandelion are also recommended to help support the liver and kidneys to flush out your system. They work by helping to rid the body of toxins that may be making your immune system react and help keep plaque psoriasis skin cells from forming. I would encourage you to do some experimentation with these herbs, to find the one that works best for you.

One of the hardest things to deal with is the constant itching of the dry, scaling plaques as they are constantly forming over new skin. Menthol works better than anything else I have ever tried to stop itching. Menthol is used in many OTC psoriasis remedies, and is often combined with cortisone. For home remedies, you can get menthol from peppermint oil, or purchase menthol crystals in bulk. I like to combine it with cayenne infused in organic olive oil. This simple home remedy has been more effective than anything else we have tried. Shampoos containing coal tar also help the dandruff and dry scales that form on the scalp.

Sun and Water I know many dermatologists recoil in horror at the thought of exposing skin to sunshine without first applying sunscreen, but 15 minutes of daily sun does so much to keep psoriasis under control, that for my family the benefits outweigh the risks. We used to keep a membership at a tanning salon for the winter months, but have discontinued that practice for fear of skin damage. You need to weigh the benefits and risks of any sort of light therapy before making a decision on whether it is right for you.

Herbal tea baths work to keep your troubled skin in good repair, but remember the hotter the water, the more drying it is. It is important to re-hydrate your skin with herbal oils during and after hot baths and showers.




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