Articles on generalized pustular psoriasis

How to Cope With Psoriasis

Dr. Madhavi Pudi, Dermatologist
What is psoriasis ?Psoriasis is a skin Disease that causes scaling and inflammation (pain , swelling , heat, and redness ). Skin cells grow deep in the skin and slowly rise to the surface. This process is called cell turnover , and it takes about a month. With Psoriasis, it can happen in just a few days because the cells rise too fast and pile up on the surface.Most psoriasis causes a patch of thick, red skin with silvery scales. These patches can itch or feel sore. They are often found on the elbows, knees, other parts of the legs.scalp, lower back, face palms, and soles of the feet. But they can show up other places such as fingernails, toenails, genitals, & inside the mouth.Who gets Psoriasis?Anyone can get psoriasis. Psoriasis can begin at any age. In many cases, there is a family history of psoriasis. Certain genes have been linked to the disease. Men and Women get psoriasis at about the same rate.What are the risk factors and triggers for psoriasis?Although the exact cause of psoriasis is not clear, certain risk factors & triggers (factors that set off your symptoms) can make a person more likely to develop the disease.Risk factors:GenesColder ClimatesInfections (invasion of the body by certain intruders)MedicationsTraumaSmokingStressOverweightWhat are the causes of psoriasis?The causes of psoriasis are complicated & not fully understood. However , genes, environmental factors, medications, infections, & the body’s immune system, All play a role in the disease. The immune system serves as body’s guard against illness; however some diseases, Immune system does not work as it should.In Psoriasis, Certain immune system cells, known as T-cells, become overactive and then “attack” the skin. This attack starts a number of events that make skin cells multiply too quickly and results in skin cells “stacking up” on the surface of the skin.How many types of Psoriasis are there ?There are different types of psoriasis :Plaque psoriasisInverse PsoriasisErythrodermic PsoriasisPustular psoriasisGuttate psoriasisIn general, people have only one type of psoriasis at a time. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease, occurring in about 80 to 90 percent of people with psoriasis.What are the symptoms of psoriasis ?Psoriasis signs and symptoms can vary from person to person but may include one or more of the following:Red patches of skin covered with silvery scalesSmall scaling spots (commonly seen in children)Dry cracked skin that may bleedItching, burning or sorenessThickened, pitted or ridged nailsSwollen and stiff jointsMost types of psoriasis go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a time or even going into complete remission.What Psoriatic Arthritis ?Psoriatic arthritis is a long -term condition that causes swelling in the body joints of some people with psoriasis.Who develops Psoriatic Arthritis ?Psoriatic arthritis is more likely to develop in the people with psoriasis who have:Lesions on the scalp and buttock areasNail involvementDisorders of muscle or tendon attachment to bonePsoriatic arthritis affects men and women equally. Although psoriatic arthritis may occur at any age, most of the time the disease first appears between 30 and 50 years age.Comorbidities (other diseases) associated with Psoriasis / Psoriatic ArthritisHeart (Cardiovascular Disease)CancerOsteoporosisMood DisorderHow to cope with psoriasis symptoms?There are many ways for you to cope with psoriasis symptoms besides prescribed medications,such as:Daily BathsMoisturizersExposures to sunlightAvoid TriggersExercise & MassageWhat lifestyle changes can be beneficial?Getting regular physical activity, eating right managing stress can help you feel better each day. These changes can also help you improve your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis.Physical ActivitiesDo regular, gentle exerciseTo keep your joints flexible & the rest of your body healthy.To maintain healthy Weight to reduce the risk of heart disease & minimize any extra stress on your joints.Talk with your doctor or your physical therapist about the different types of exercise.Balance exercise with rest especially if you are experiencing a flare from your psoriatic arthritis.Talk with your doctor or your physical therapist about how long your break from the exercise should be when you are experiencing a flare.Healthy EatingIt is important to follow a healthy, balanced diet that includes:Whole grains, like oatmeal brown riceFresh fruits & vegetablesLow or no saturated fat, especially animal fatLow amount of salt & sugarRecommended amount of vitamins & mineralsEat foods rich in omega -3 fatty acids, such as fish, that can help reduce inflammation in your bodyAvoid food that may increase inflammation such as red meat, egg yolks, dairy products, sugar , white flour and processed foods.If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation

Psoriasis Cure

Dr. Ramesh Maheshwari, Sexologist
PSORIASISPsoriasis isred scaly (silvery white) patches which can appear any where on the skin.Facts:Cause: Unknown.Possibly genetically determined.Common between 15-30 years.Precipitating factors are:–Psychological emotional stress.–Cold weather.–Injury.–Septic focus.–Drugs like Steroids, Brufen, Lithium,Anti-malarials and Beta - adrenergic blockers.Sign and symptoms:Usually affects both sides of body symmetrically.Well circumscribed red, dry plaques(flat areas on the skin) of various sizes, covered with scales.Removal of scales gives rise to pin-point bleeding points.Sites can be anywhere on the body especially on e.g. elbow, knees, sacrum and occiput.Lesions are coin shaped or circular with central clearing.Joints can get affected especially finger joints.Nails frequently become pitted and thick with brownish black discoloration.Dietary management:Avoid:Avoid precipitating or trigger factors.Avoid food you are allergic to.Avoid smoking and alcohol.Avoid foods high in fat or sugar.Avoid non-vegetarian food – meat,poultry.Do:Warmth may help to control relapses.Do regular exercise helps by improving blood circulation.Practice yoga will help in reducing stress.Consume:Drink plenty of water.Eat fresh and raw fruits and vegetables as they provide antioxidants and flavanoids which help in reducing inflammation and boosting up immunity.Consume figs and fish oil might help you feel better.Eat a well-balanced diet - Proper nutrition will improve general health and reduce the severity of the disease.Do not over eat even healthy foods.Limit intake of red meat and dairy products.Eat foods that contain psoralen before you walk out in sun - Celery, carrots, citrus, figs, fennel, and parsnips. It makes the skin more sun-sensitive to the positive effects of UV light. But do not over expose to sun.Consume oily fish, may help reduce the inflammation associated with psoriasis - mackerel, salmon, black cod, albacoretuna, herring and sardines.Have a low-calorie diet if you are over weight - about 1,200 calories per day. Some researches have shown relations between psoriasis and obesity.Consume gluten free diet, it benefits individuals with psoriasis (Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in some cereals, particularly wheat) – avoid wheat, rye, barley and oats they contain gluten.Increase intake of vitamin D.Increase intake of omega 3 fatty acids and reduce intake of omega 6 fatty acids (ratio of 2:1), omega 3 fatty acid has anti-inflammatory properties.Food rich in omega 3:–Canola oil, flaxseed, flax seed oil,walnuts and green leafy vegetables like purslane, fish - Atlantic salmon,Atlantic halibut, Atlantic mackerel, Atlantic and Pacific herring, sardines,bluefish, tuna and cold water fish.Reduce (do not completely avoid)intake of food rich in omega 6:-Cereals, vegetable oils, whole-grain breads, baked goods and margarines, eggs and poultry.Consume diet rich in vitamin A and zinc, helps in regeneration of the skin.Increase intake of vitamin C, it helps maintain healthy skin.Have coriander leaves frequently, its high in vitamin C and helps to maintain healthy skin.You can have 3-4 strands of saffron in milk, it is beneficial for skin.Basil leaves (tulsi) are said to be helpful in skin ailments, eat 3-4 fresh leaves daily.Consult physician:You can take vitamin and cod liver oil supplements under guidance of your physician.In case of prolonged duration or change in rash pattern take physicians opinion immediately.If symptoms get worse or if you see any Signs of infection (fever, redness of the affected area, pain) occur, see your physician immediately.

Psoriasis Analysis For Children

Dr. Nitin Hundre, Homeopath
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that occurs in children and adults. The typical appearance is of red, thickened, scaly patches on the skin (plaques). These plaques can vary in size and distribution from person to person. In some people it may affect small areas of skin while others may have large areas covering their body.What kinds of psoriasis occur in children?1.Each of the patterns of psoriasis described in adults can be seen in children. These include:Flexural psoriasis (red areas between skin folds)Scalp psoriasis (thick scales found on areas of the scalp)Nail psoriasis (nail dystrophy related to psoriasis)Acute guttate psoriasis (small red plaques occurring after an infection)Chronic plaque psoriasis (red plaques with scaling occurring anywhere on the body)Erythrodermic psoriasis (severe reddening covering most or all of the body)Pustular psoriasis (severe pustules that arise acutely)Photosensitive psoriasis (affecting areas of sun exposure)Guttate, facial and flexural psoriasis are particularly common in children.What causes psoriasis?Psoriasis has a strong genetic component and is due to abnormal processes involved in regulation of the immune system.Individuals may have flares in psoriasis in response to stress, injury, medications and infections (particularly streptococcal tonsillitis).Psoriasis is not contagious, therefore, affected children do not need to be isolated from other children.How is the diagnosis made?The diagnosis of psoriasis is usually made clinically. This involves a doctor examining the skin and making the diagnosis based on the appearance of the affected areas.The plaques tend to be distributed symmetrically.They favour certain sites such as scalp, elbows and knees; or; skin folds such as behind ears, armpits and groin.They are well circumscribed, red and scaly.There is often a family history of psoriasis.Occasionally, a skin biopsy may be necessary to distinguish psoriasis from other skin conditions that may appear similar.How is the severity of psoriasis assessed?Assessing severity of psoriasis can assist in deciding upon the most appropriate course of treatment. Severity of psoriasis can be determined in the following ways: Calculate the body surface area involvedEstimate a PASI score (psoriasis area and severity index)Use a questionnaire to assess a person’s quality of lifePASI scoreA PASI score is a tool used to measure the severity and extent of psoriasis (Psoriasis Area and Severity Index). It takes a few minutes and experience to calculate it accurately.IntensityA representative area of psoriasis is selected for each body region. The intensity of redness, thickness and scaling of the psoriasis is assessed as none (0), mild (1), moderate (2), severe (3) or very severe (4).

Psoriasis: Types, Treatment & Care

Dr. Noela Andrew David, Homeopath
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. Common areas affected: It can affect any part of your body, from Head to your toes like on the eyelids, ears, mouth and lips, skin folds, hands and feet, and nails.How is this caused:There is no specific cause for psoriasis, however researchers believe that it is more genetic, i.e, there are certain genes that are sensitive to stress and other external factors which develop this condition.The triggering factors could be stress, pollution, injury to the skin, wounds, medications (lithum, antimalarials, etc.), infections likes treptococcal, which causes guttate psoriasis in children. Diet and weather can also trigger psoriasis.Types of psoriasis:Typically, an individual has only one type of psoriasis at a time. Generally, one type of psoriasis will clear and another form of psoriasis will appear in response to a trigger.PlaquePsoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris): Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease and appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells or scale. These patches or plaques most often appear on the scalp, knees, elbows and lower back. They are often itchy and painful, and they can crack and bleed.Guttate: Guttate [GUH-tate] psoriasis is a form of psoriasis that often starts in childhood or young adulthood. This is the second most common type of psoriasis, after plaque psoriasis. About 10 percent of people who get psoriasis develop guttate psoriasis.Inverse: Inverse psoriasis (also known as inter triginous psoriasis) shows up as very red lesions in body folds. It may appear smooth and shiny. Many people have another type of psoriasis elsewhere on the body at the same time.Pustular: Pustular [PUHS-choo-lar] psoriasis in characterized by white pustules (blisters of noninfectious pus) surrounded by red skin. The pus consists of white blood cells. It is not an infection, nor is it contagious.Erythrodermic: Erythrodermic [eh-REETH-ro-der-mik] psoriasis is a particularly inflammatory form of psoriasis that often affects most of the body surface. It may occur in association with von Zumbusch pustular psoriasis. It is a rare type of psoriasis, occurring once or more during the lifetime of 3 percent of people who have psoriasis. It generally appears on people who have unstable plaque psoriasis. This means the lesions are not clearly defined. Widespread, fiery redness and exfoliation of the skin characterize this form. Severe itching and pain often accompanies it.NOTE: Individuals having an erythrodermic psoriasis flare should see a doctor immediately. This form of psoriasis can be life-threateningHow can homeopathy help:Psoriasis is a chronic non-contagious skin disorder. It can affect any part of the body but most often occurs on scalp, elbows, knees,hands, feet and genitals. It may present itself with severe itching and physical discomfort.T-cells (a type of white blood cells) usually protect our body from certain infections and diseases, but in psoriasis they are put into an over-action mode along with other immune responses. This immune over-response leads to inflammation and fast production of immature skin cells. Usually, the production of skin cells takes about a month before they mature, but in psoriasis it may occur in only a few days. One-third of all the cases have a strong family history of psoriasis.Firstly, one needs to know that research shows that Homeopathic medicines work by optimising our defence mechanisms. It does not suppress the immune system. So, homeopathic healing is not a miracle or a lucky exception but a fact of biology; the result of the optimum utilisation of the body's natural healing system which is curative and non-suppressive in nature.What should we do to prevent psoriasis?Use moisturizing lotions. Psoriasis symptoms get worse when your skin is dry, so keep it moist with creams and lotions. Thick and oily moisturizers are often the best, since they're good at trapping moisture beneath the skin. Moisturizers are also useful for removing scales, especially if you use occlusion -- applying moisturizer and then wrapping the area with tape or plastic wrap.Take care of your skin and scalp. People with psoriasis should always be careful with their skin. Never pick at lesions or scales, since that can just make yourpsoriasis worse. Trimming your nails regularly can be a good way to prevent psoriasis from flaring up. But, do it carefully, since any cut might cause symptoms. If you have psoriasis on your scalp, follow your doctor's suggestions. Make sure that any topical treatments -- such as tar shampoos -- get on your scalp and not just your hair. Also, regular bathing with soothing products, such as tar solutions, may help.Avoid dry, cold weather. Climate can have a big effect on psoriasis. For a lot of people, cold and dry weather can make the symptoms of psoriasis worse. In general, hot weather is better for people with psoriasis, although some have worsening symptoms when the heat and humidity rise.

Use a humidifier. Keeping your skin moist is important, so use a humidifier during dry seasons of the year.Avoid medications that cause flare-ups. Tell your doctor all the medications you take, and ask if any could affect your psoriasis. Drugs that are known to make psoriasis worse in some people include:Lithium, used to treat psychiatric disordersPropranalol and possibly other beta-blockers, which are prescribed for heart conditionsCardioquinor Quinidex, medications for heart arrhythmiasIf you're using any of these medications, ask your doctor about substitutes.Avoid scrapes, cuts, bumps, and infections. Obviously, most people don't go around trying to hurt themselves. But, it's very important for people with psoriasis to avoid bumps and cuts. Trauma to the skin can cause a flare-up of psoriasis at the site of the injury, a condition called "Koebner's phenomenon."Infections can also cause psoriasis to appear. Be especially careful when shaving. Avoid insect bites, chafing, acupuncture, and tattoos.Get some sun, but not too much. Because ultraviolet rays in sunlight slow the growth of skin cells, getting moderate doses of sun is a good idea. However, make sure they're brief -- about 20 minutes or so. Use sunscreen if you're out in the sun for any longer period of time. Remember that sunburn can make your psoriasis worse, and too much sun raises your risk of skin cancer. If you're on medication that makes your skin more sensitive to ultraviolet rays as part of your phototherapy, ask your doctor about whether you should always use sunscreen when outside.Decrease stress: Although it hasn't been proven, a lot of people feel that their psoriasis tends to flare up during stressful times. So, try to reduce yourstress levels. That's easier said than done, but there are some things you can do. Practice relaxation techniques or give yoga a try.Reduce alcohol intake. The connection between alcohol and psoriasis isn't clear, but some think that alcohol can worsen psoriasis, at least in men. Alcohol can also be dangerous if you're using certain systemic drugs to treat psoriasis.Exercise, eat right, and maintain a healthy weight. Although no studies have shown a connection between diet and psoriasis, experts recommend that people with the condition should eat a well-balanced diet, high in fruits and vegetables. Some people report that psoriasis symptoms improve when they eliminate dairy or gluten from their diets. Exercise may also help, and will improve your mood. In some cases, excess weight can worsen psoriasis symptoms, so maintaining a healthy weight may help prevent flare-ups.

5 - Indicated Homeopathic Medicines for Psoriasis!

Dr. Balkrishna Singh, Dermatologist
A skin disease that worsens every winters is Psoriasis. A patient suffering from psoriasis dreads the winters just because of this. He or she tends to remain well throughout the summers. As the weather starts to cool, he starts worrying. The worry is not unfounded. The skin of the psoriasis patient can get quite bad. It itches badly and even starts bleeding after scratching. There are large patches of eruptions with whitish scale formation on the top of the skin.What is Psoriasis?Psoriasis is an autoimmune inflammatory skin disease in which the skin cells proliferate profusely. The rate of formation of the skin cells is far higher than normal. It can even be 1000 times the normal rate. Due to this increased rate of formation of skin cells, the immature cells keep getting pushed on to the surface of the skin. That is why the skin cells are large, whitish flakes like that of dandruff. The inflammation of the skin causes redness and itching. In fact, it is itching which is the most troublesome for the patient. At times there is so much itching that one is forced to scratch till it bleeds and becomes raw.A common myth that persists with general people is that psoriasis may spread from one patient to another healthy person by contact. Here one needs to understand that psoriasis is not contagious. This means that it cannot spread from one person to another. In fact, psoriasis is not an infectious disease. It does not occur due to infection of any sort. That is why it does not spread from one person to another.Treating Psoriasis with Homeopathy- Natural Homeopathic remedies for PsoriasisWhen it comes to the treatment of psoriasis, it is a general perception that it is incurable. This perception is not exactly right. It is based on the view and experience of the allopathic system in the treatment of psoriasis. The mainstay of the allopathic system of medicine in psoriasis happens to be steroids. This is in direct contrast with the homeopathic system. Homeopathy is far more effective in the treatment of psoriasis and these homeopathic medicines are completely natural and do not contain any chemical compounds at all. The homeopathic remedies do not intend to suppress this inflammation. In fact, they intend to correct the cause that has resulted in this indiscriminate cell division and also the inflammation. Once these two things are set right, the symptoms disappear on their own. The skin lesions clear up and the skin starts looking normal as if nothing had ever happened.5 best Homeopathic medicines for PsoriasisAt the very outset, I wish to state that when it comes to treating Psoriasis with Homeopathy, it requires some patience on the part of both the patient and the doctor to get good results in the homeopathic treatment of psoriasis. That is essentially because of the nature of the disease and not because of any shortcoming of the homeopathic system of medicine. Psoriasis is an inveterate disease and can cause a lot of trouble and anxiety to the affected patient. That is why I am saying that it requires some patience on the part of the patient and doctor. Often patients start treatment and expect instant results from the treatment. They complain and whine to the doctor that their problem is not getting cured. This puts pressure on the doctor and if he is not experienced enough, he ends up changing the line of treatment under pressure from the patient. This can often lead to a golden chance of cure of psoriasis being missed.Here I am giving a list of the 5 best homeopathic medicines for psoriasis. This list is based on my personal experience and is not an exhaustive list. Many other medicines are used in the treatment of this disorder and the right selection of medicine may vary from patient to patient, depending upon the symptoms of each individual patient.Graphites- One of the best homeopathic remedies for psoriasis with constipationIn cases where constipation is also present along with psoriasis, Graphites is one of the best homeopathic remedies for psoriasis. The patient is usually chilly which means that he cannot tolerate cold easily. There may be thick sticky discharge from the eruptions. The skin becomes rough and hard. The bends of joints and groin area is much more affected. In some cases, eczema may also be present with psoriasis. In female patients, there may be disturbance in the menstrual cycle too. Mostly, the periods are short and scanty. The periods are usually delayed.Mezereum- One of the best homeopathic medicines for psoriasis on the scalpIn cases where the primary area that is involved happens to be the head or the scalp, Mezereum is one of the best homeopathic medicines for psoriasis. The head tends to be covered with thick and leathery crusts under which there is collection of pus. There is often formation of white scabs on the scalp. Scaly eruptions are also seen.Arsenic Iodatum- One of the best homeopathic medicines for psoriasis with multiple coloursIn cases where the patches of psoriasis are varied in colour, Ars-iod is one of the best homeopathic medicines for psoriasis. The skin is dry, scaly and itching. The scales are large in size. On exfoliation, the scales leave behind the raw exuding surface. The patient is usually thin and emaciated.Sepia- One of the best homeopathic medicines for psoriasis with foul odour from skinWhen there is foul odor from the eruptions and the affected area, Sepia is one of the best homeopathic medicines for psoriasis. It is a deep acting medicine and should not be repeated often. Women are more likely to be affected and that too after menopause. The patient is of yellowish complexion. Weakness, irritability and indifference are also present along with the usual symptoms of psoriasis.Thyroidinum- One of the best homeopathic medicines for psoriasis with obesityIn cases where obesity is a concomitant symptom of Psoriasis, Thyroidinum is one of the best homeopathic medicines for psoriasis. The itching is worse at night. At times, there is itching without any visible skin lesions. The skin is dry and feels impoverished.

Treating Psoriasis

Dr. Parthasarathi Dutta Roy, Dermatologist
Psoriasis is an inflammatory, long lasting and chronic skin disease and is not contagious, but affects the joints and the skin of the person. It is a common disease which affects everyone and more common among those who are between 15 and 35 years of age. If you are suffering with Psoriasis then your skin cells grows faster than its normal way. Normally, the outbreaks are in the form of patches around which the skin looks inflamed producing excessive skin. It is found around the knees and the elbows and sometimes proves to be more painful, itchy and dry with red patches.Symptoms of PsoriasisThe signs and symptoms of Psoriasis differ in every person but include:Small scaling spots observed commonly in childrenRed patches of skin covered with gray scalesCracked, and dry skin, which may bleedBurning, soreness and itchingPitted, ridged or thickened nailsStiff and Swollen jointsTypes of psoriasisThe types of Psoriasis are:Plaque PsoriasisNail PsoriasisScalp PsoriasisGuttate PsoriasisInverse PsoriasisPustular PsoriasisErythrodermic PsoriasisPsoriatic ArthritisTreatment for PsoriasisThe people who are affected by Psoriasis are different and there are different treatments to treat them with the medications prescribed and suggested by the dermatologists and physicians who observe the changes and cure and change the method of treatment after observing a little change in it.Basically, Photo therapy is a most applied treatment to treat the skin disease in which the individuals are exposed to the sunlight without causing the skin to burn but to improve the condition. The therapy provides the patient ultraviolet rays for a limited time to improve the disease. In case of Photo chemotherapy, a combination of photo therapy and psoralen is performed to improve the condition, which is referred as PUVA treatment to treat Psoriasis.Follow precautions instead of getting infected with the disease by cutting back smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol and more stress.

Diet for Psoriasis

Dr. Nitin Hundre, Homeopath
There's no strong scientific evidence that specific foods can impact psoriasis, but there is evidence that losing extra weight can ease symptoms. Nutritionists and physicians recommend a healthy, balanced diet to control your weight and your psoriasis, as well as lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke (which are elevated in people with psoriasis).Best Food For PsoriasisCarrots and squash"A diet that's high in fruits and vegetables can have an anti-inflammatory effect,". And although there are no studies connecting fruits and vegetables specifically with a reduction in psoriasis symptoms, psoriasis is an inflammatory condition. Specific vegetables that might have inflammation fighting properties include carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, and broccoli.Fish and seafoodOmega-3 fatty acids abundant in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and albacore tuna are the foundation of a heart healthy diet. Fish oils are thought to reduce inflammation and help the immune system, which is overactive in people with psoriasis. Given that psoriasis is also linked to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke, it's a good idea to eat fish at least twice a week.GrainsGrains such as whole grain bread, cereal, and pasta; oatmeal; and brown rice are another component of an overall healthy diet. Like fruits and vegetables, grains also contain a variety of anti inflammation antioxidants and are high in fiber, which has been linked with lower inflammation levels and better regulation of blood sugar. Legumes such as beans and lentils also have antioxidants and fiber, so include them in your diet as well.Nuts and avocadosFats in general get a bad rap, but there are such things as "good fats." These include the polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, vegetable oils, and avocados, and monounsaturated fats found in soybean oil, walnuts, flaxseed, and certain fish. They're good for you in general (when taken in moderation, of course they still can pack in the calories). Stay away from saturated fats and trans fats, which may increase inflammation in the body.BlueberriesNot only do blueberries have anti-inflammatory properties, but also lots of vitamin C, manganese (good for bone health), and fiber. All this while low in fat. Other fruits that may have anti-inflammatory properties include mangoes, strawberries, and figs. But you really can’t go wrong with any fruits, which are right up there with vegetables on the “good-for-you” list. Scientists are only just beginning to uncover other healthful properties of fruits. Blueberries, for instance, may also boost memory and fight heart disease.

5 DIY Natural Ingredients for Treating Psoriasis

Dr. Rashmi Joshi, Dermatologist
Yes, You Can Relieve Yourself of this Pesky Skin Issue at Home!Considered as an autoimmune disease, psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder, which generally results into thick, flaky, itchy, and red - silver patches that are at times extremely painful. A condition that occurs due to a weak immune system, unfortunately psoriasis cannot be cured completely. However, by using some home remedies in a natural way individuals suffering from mild to moderate psoriasis can get major relief. Today, read on and learn how to use these five simple DIY ways to treat psoriasis at home and get ready to flaunt clear, beautiful skin.  1. Bathe with oatmeal exfoliates Power packed with iron, manganese, vitamins, selenium and plenty of mineral, a cup of oatmeal helps to heal the affected skin drastically. Oatmeal packs made from milk and oatmeal (1cup: 1quart cup) helps in reducing inflammation, itchiness and redness of the skin. A neater way to use oatmeal while bathing would be to wrap half a cup of oatmeal in a muslin cloth, knotting the top and placing it in your warm bath tub to provide relief from the annoying skin issues.  2. Apple Cider VinegarHealthy bacteria and raw enzymes found in a cup of apple cider vinegar are gladiators that nip the issue in the bud - psoriasis in this case. Dilute a cup of ACV to one part of water (1:1) and apply, rinse and stay free from psoriasis. Dab some of the ACV onto clean cotton and gently rub the same on the affected region of the skin; rinse the area affected thereafter with a fresh cup of ACV.  3. Bathe with a pinch of salt Psoriasis can be effectively cured at home with warm baths, and a teaspoon of salt added to it. Not just any salt though. For psoriasis, one needs to use Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts for relief. The salt in the water calms the skin, works as an anti-inflammatory catalyst and relieves the skin from dryness and itchiness too, says experts from Mayo Clinic. Two teaspoons of Epsom salt to the warm bath, followed by a fifteen minute soak is what works best to treat the skin issue!  4. Expose your skin to small amounts of sunlight. When exposed to a limited amount of sunlight in a day, you can be rest assured to save your skin from the onslaught of free radicals while your skin gets the right nourishment it needs. However, make sure to ask your doctor about the best way to use natural sunlight as overexposure of it can at times worsen outbreaks, by elevating the risk of skin cancer. Not to forget, apply an SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen on the unaffected area generously to make inflammation, redness and itchiness of the skin a thing of the past. 5. Aloe vera moisturising The benefits of aloe vera cannot be underestimated. With medicinal properties to its name, keeping the skin hydrated, removing dead skin cells and providing relief from the itching and scratching too, aloe vera moisturises the skin and hydrates the affected area with each application of the plant's gel. The gel should be taken from the stem of the plant and directly applied to the skin after a warm bath, which helps with hydration and moisturisation. The healing nutrients from the gel are transferred onto the surface of the skin, preventing further deterioration.We hope these five DIY tips in treating psoriasis at home comes in handy. any of the DIY treatments!

Nail Psoriasis & Its Management

Dr. Nitin Hundre, Homeopath
Many people who have psoriasis also experience changes in their fingernails or toenails. There are several treatments that can help.Nail psoriasis is the term for the changes in your fingernails and toenails that occur as a result of having psoriasis. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, up to half of all people who have psoriasis will have nail psoriasis as well. While it's not a life-threatening condition, nail psoriasis can affect your quality of life, since it may cause you discomfort and affect your self-esteem, and it may also put you at greater risk of developing psoriatic arthritis. nail psoriasis can be helped with treatment.How Psoriasis Affects the NailsNail psoriasis occurs because psoriasis affects the process of nail formation. People who have nail psoriasis usually have psoriasis on other parts of their body, such as the skin and joints. Rarely does someone have only psoriasis of the nails.Symptoms of nail psoriasis vary but may include:Discoloration of the nail to yellow brownPitting (holes) in the surface of the nailsHorizontal lines across the nailsWhite patches on the nailsThickening of the nailsNails that separate from the nail bedNail Psoriasis Treatment OptionsYour treatment will depend on the type of nail psoriasis you have and how severe it is. If you have psoriasis that affects other parts of your body, the treatments your doctor recommends to alleviate those symptoms may also help your nail psoriasis. In addition to following your doctor's recommendations involving treatment for nail psoriasis, there are other ways to take care of your nails:Keep your nails trimmed as short as possible.Wear gloves when you're working with your hands.Wear shoes with plenty of room in them.Avoid scrubbing or scraping underneath your nails.Use gentle nail cleaning tools.Soak your nails in tar bath oil mixed with water, then apply nail moisturizer.If your nails are intact, consider using a nail hardener to improve their appearance.Taking good care of your nails can minimize the effects of psoriasis associated nail changes.GENERAL MANAGEMENT• Education.• Reassurance.• Avoid exposure to cold.• Moderate, warm climate is beneficial.• Avoid undue stress.• Diet: – Avoid fats, highly seasoned and salty dishes. High protein diet (cut down animal protein). coffee, soft Drinks.• Maintain good hygiene.• Hot bath in winter, drying and oiling.• Avoid all factors which trigger psoriasis.• Reduce stress levels through meditation and Yoga.• Do not prick, peel or scratch skin. This may trigger psoriasis.• After bath or wash pat dry the skin. Do not rub the towel vigorously on skin.• After washing, pat the skin dry, don’t irritate it by rubbing vigorously.• Opt for cotton clothes over synthetic ones.• Take a well balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains.• Take a daily bath in warm water to soak off the scales.• Try deep breathing and relaxation exercise to reduce stress.• Do not take coffee, all animal fats, and processed foods.• Don’t scratch or rub patches of thickened skin.• Avoid harsh skin products and lotions that contain alcohol. They may dry the skin and make psoriasis worse.• Keep your towel, clothes separate and clean.

Psoriasis Preventing You Going Sleeveless? Take Charge Today!

Dr. Rashmi Joshi, Dermatologist
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects over 1% population all over theworld. This skin condition not only has a negative physical and emotional impact on the patient,but also interferes with daily activities of affected individuals. The itchy and scaly plaques of this disease often restrict fashion choices forcing women to steer clear off sleeveless and stringy clothing.Patients have to combat the urge to scratch the skin that can lead to redness and flaky skin.There are a number of topical ointments and creams available in the market which aim to reduce inflammation and itching. These medicines also help to prevent the skin from breaking and help in keeping it smooth. Psoriasis is a long-term condition that has no cure; however,simple ingredients from our kitchen and easy tips can greatly reduce the extent and intensity of this disease.Dietary supplementsFish oil supplements are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that boost our immune system. This helps the body to fight psoriasis.Other supplements such as primrose oil, milk thistle, oregano oil and aloe vera are also known to reduce the intensity of the symptoms.Another essential herb found in all kitchen cabinets is turmeric. It can be used generously in all food preparations. Owing to the presence of its anti-inflammatory properties, many cases of psoriasis have known to improve. You can even make a paste of turmeric with some yogurt and apply on the plaques. Wash this off after 5 minutes.Over the course of 2-3 weeks you will see drastic reduction in the inflammation.However, before starting these supplements, it is best to check with your physician whether they interfere with any pre-existing medical condition.Keep the skin well hydrated Keep the air in your surroundings moist by using a humidifier. This helps to prevent the skin from getting dehydrated as dehydrated skin is easily prone to breaking out and is more sensitive.Massage with essential oilsMassage with oils, such as olive oil, helps to reduce the itchiness and plaque’s appearance. It also reduces redness and inflammation of the skin. In addition, a gentle massage helps toreduce stress and relieve symptoms of pain.Eat rightEating healthy helps to improve the immune system. Specifically, eat cold-water fish such as salmons, as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Most importantly, cut the junk and fried food from your diet.Nice lukewarm showersUsing hot water for baths may aggravate your skin condition; however, a nice lukewarm shower will help to loosen the white flakes on the skin. In addition, you can add salt or Epsom salt, milk or any essential oil to double the benefits. Remember to moisturise your skin as moisturisation is necessary after bath.Avoid smoking and alcoholStudies have shown that both alcohol and smoking worsen psoriasis. Both these habits act as triggers that aggravate psoriasis.Avoid stress Stress is a trigger that aggravates itchiness, redness and flakiness of the skin. The best way to de-stress is to indulge in relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga. These methods will immensely help to prevent any exacerbation of this chronic disease.Thus, psoriasis is a lasting condition that can be managed effectively with these home remedies ensuring that you wear what you want and enjoy life on your terms.