Those who have it understand the frustration associated with trying to manage this disease of too much skin. Those who watch their loved ones suffer from it, feel helpless as everything they do seems pointless.

This was something I experienced from the age of 11 years and as a result spent decades with my mother, trying to find a way to manage a disease that seemed to be getting out of my control.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition where the immune system is reacting to triggers.

Triggers include stress, hormonal changes, cold/influenza, hereditary and metabolic factors. Each person is different and the initial onset of the illness varies, with the most common trigger being stress.

These triggers then initiate inflammation in the body which cause the immune cells in the skin to signal the superficial layers of the skin to start shedding at a much faster rate. Normal skin will shed over a 28-day period whereas psoriasis will shed every 4 days which gives it its scaly appearance.

How can i treat psoriasis?

The best form of treatment should be addressing 2 aspects; the inflammation that is currently in the body (caused by the triggers) and the prevention of inflammation entering the body.

With a huge variety of treatments available, its no wonder a psoriasis sufferer is confused. So let me simplify it:

Western Medicine – Cortisone creams, UV treatment, Tar ointments/baths, Methotrexate (suppresses immune response to inflammation) and Biologics (stronger immune-suppressants). The upside is that these treatments work quickly, the downside is that you must stay on these treatments forever. If you stop them the disease comes back. You can combine western treatment with a natural therapy to encourage better health and work towards coming off these medications. In my opinion medications such as the Biologics are quite strong and also more importantly take the person’s awareness of what they are doing to exacerbate their illness away from their attention.

Natural Therapies include Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy, Homeopathic Medicine, and Ayurvedic Medicine. These treatments incorporate herbal medicine, and/or vitamin therapy to reduce the inflammation in the body and alleviate the condition. Normally, these types of treatments may take a little longer to see results but rather than suppressing the body they are addressing the health issues that create the disease in the first place.

In addition to this there are many other treatments available and being someone who tried everything, I would encourage you to give them a go to see how your body responds.

It must be mentioned that the best approach to managing any illness is by taking control of your diet and lifestyle to assist the treatment you are using. When genes switch on the physiological processes in your body alter and as a result you may not be able to eat what you had previously consumed.

What foods should i avoid?

The food we choose to eat and the lifestyle we choose to live has a huge impact on our health. When our health is compromised this is even more important. If you need some guidance on this, please join me on our next free webinar to find out exactly what you can do to take more control of your psoriatic disease.

Psoriasis can be a debilitating disease and the biggest lesson for me was to not give up looking for answers and surrounding myself with people who were positive, supporting, loving and understanding. As when times are difficult, it will be these people who give you the nurturing you need to get through it.

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