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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent skin disorder. The skin exhibits reddish, slightly elevated patches or bumps covered with silvery-white scales. Spots may form into large patches around a normal area. If the nails are involved, they may become pitted, thick, and separated from the nail bed. Skin injury, infection, stress, and certain drugs may trigger psoriasis. Skin cells move at an accelerated rate from the dermis into the epidermis, where they slough off, causing inflammation. In some cases, patients also have arthritis. Psoriasis often becomes less severe in the summer and during pregnancy. There is no cure, but treatment with drugs and ultraviolet light may help.

Causes & Symptoms

The cause of psoriasis is unknown, but research related to the Human Genome Project is mapping the genetic component of the disease. As of late 2001, accumulated evidence indicates that psoriasis is a multifactorial disorder, which means that it is the end result of a number of different factors. It appears to be caused by the combined action of multiple disease genes in a single individual that are triggered by irritants in the environment.

Factors that increase the risk of developing psoriasis include:

* blood relatives with psoriasis
* stress
* exposure to cold temperatures
* injury, illness, or infection
* steroids and other medications
* mechanical stress (leaning on knees or skin exposure to chemicals, for example)

Trauma and certain bacteria may trigger psoriatic arthritis in patients with psoriasis.

Diagnosis

A medical history and physical examination is the basis for a diagnosis of psoriasis. In some cases, a microscopic examination of skin cells is also performed.

Blood tests can distinguish psoriatic arthritis from other types of arthritis.

Treatment

Psoriasis treatments include:

* Soaking in warm water and German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) or bathing in warm salt water.

* Drinking as many as three cups a day of hot tea made with one or a combination of the following herbs: burdock root (Arctium lappa), dandelion (Taraxacum mongolicum) root, Oregon grape root (Mahonia aquifolium), sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis), and balsam pear (Momardica charantia).

* Taking two 500-mg capsules of evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) a day. Pregnant women should not use evening primrose oil, and patients with liver disease or high cholesterol should use it only under a doctor's supervision.

* Eating a diet that includes plenty of fish, turkey, celery (for cleansing the kidneys), parsley, lettuce, lemons (for cleansing the liver), limes, fiber, and fruit and vegetable juices.

* Eating a diet that eliminates animal products high in saturated and unsaturated fats, such as fried foods, dairy products, and fatty meats, that promote inflammation.

* Drinking plenty of water (at least eight glasses) each day.

* Regularly imagining clear, healthy skin.

Other helpful alternative approaches include identifying and eliminating food allergens from the diet; enhancing liver function; augmenting the supply of hydrochloric acid in the stomach; completing a detoxification programme.

Age, general health, lifestyle, and the severity and location of symptoms influence the type of treatment used to reduce inflammation and decrease the rate at which new skin cells are produced. Because the course of this disease varies with each individual, doctors must experiment with or combine different treatments to find the most effective therapy for a particular patient.

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