Psoriasis is a chronic and incurable skin condition which millions of Americans suffer from. This condition will flare up or subside at any time.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Many psoriasis symptoms will flare up when the body is triggered. Some of these triggers that cause psoriasis flare-ups include trauma, stress, injury, disease or illness. Sometimes plaque psoriasis can go into “remission.” While these remissions can last for a long time, the main cause of the problem is unknown. There are many therapies available for the treatment of psoriasis to help manage symptoms but a cure is yet to be discovered.
What is Plaque?
Skin plaque caused by psoriasis is thought to be caused by an overactive immune system. Psoriasis degrades new skin generation to every few days instead of every month as a healthy body does. This creates a build up where the existing cells do not die off and shed before new skin cells are produced, which is referred to as plaques.
What Treatments Help Psoriasis?
Psoriasis treatments are designed to relieve itching, reduce redness, and soften the psoriasis skin plaques. Many psoriasis treatments are topical treatments such as creams, salves, and ointments which are applied onto the plaques. Prescription topical treatment often contains retinoic acid, coal tar, and Vitamin D. Some prescription psoriasis treatments contain steroids which are designed to suppress the new skin growth rate — the cause of psoriasis.
Natural psoriasis treatments aim at correcting nutritional and health issues. Some people with psoriasis also have vitamin A and D deficiencies. Improving your diet may be an effective way to alleviate psoriasis symptoms in itself. The last psoriasis treatment involves colon cleansing or body detoxing. These treatments are thought to help rid the body of “toxins” and excess wastes that have accumulated and contributed to your psoriasis condition, although there isn't much research supporting these alternative treatments.