Topical treatments as well as injections, oral medication and light therapy can help those who suffer. And so may changing your diet.
Psoriasis affects up to 7.5 million Americans, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, making up 2 to 3 percent of the population.
If you suffer from it, you don’t need to be told that it causes itchy red patches on the skin that can be painful. It causes the life cycle of cells to speed up, and acts as a chronic disease that comes and goes in patients.
There are 7 types of psoriasis, some being more common than others. Treatments can range from topical creams to ultraviolet light therapy, oral medication and injections.
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When it comes to helpful foods, those rich in vitamin D are said to potentially reduce the associated inflammation. This could be due to the fact that a vitamin D deficiency could be a cause for psoriasis to flare up in the first place.
Reach for fish oil, fatty fish like salmon, fortified milk and vitamin D supplements to get your fair share.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, people with the disease involved in a study also found that reducing their alcohol consumption as well as the amount of nightshades they ate- tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers- noticeably improved their skin.
Some sufferers have found that going vegan has been the only solution that works for them. Talk to your doctor and experiment to see if natural solutions will work for you.
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