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Psoriasis

Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00

Psoriasis is a relatively common skin condition. It usually presents with red scaly lesions, appearing more often in areas of friction like elbows and knees. However, there are several forms of psoriasis that can affect many different areas. Moreover, psoriasis may affect the nails and joints.

The pathogenesis of psoriasis is a field of research and there is a constant effort to find new treatments (now usually injectable). However, many times specific lifestyle and dietary changes can have great results and reduce the pharmaceutical requirements.

This is because psoriasis can be seen as part of a metabolic syndrome, where liver function or dysfunction plays a crucial role.

Besides dietary changes though, there is also a multitude of treatment regimes that may be followed, but we feel that we should underline the importance of avoiding steroid containing creams. Although they initially seem to help, they lead to a rebound effect were the problem comes back worse when you stop applying them, while eventually, after chronic use they lose even that intial 'benefit'.

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