What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a noncontagious skin disease that afflicts over 5 million people in the United States. It is highly variable in its symptoms and severity. In its most common form (plaque psoriasis), it is characterized by inflamed, swollen skin lesions covered with silver-white scales. Other forms of psoriasis display pus-like blisters (pustular psoriasis), sloughing of the skin (erythrodermic psoriasis), smooth, inflamed lesions (inverse psoriasis), and drop-like dots (guttate psoriasis).
Psoriatic lesions appear most often on the scalp, knees, elbows, hands, and feet. Although it rarely affects the face, no area of the body is exempt.
The pain of psoriasis is more than skin deep. Emotional scarring is also common with this disorder, as people have to deal with disfiguration, embarrassment, frustration, fear, and depression. A loss of self-esteem and self-confidence may complicate matters, leading to social withdrawal and interpersonal problems.
Causes of Psoriasis
From a medical perspective, the cause of psoriasis is unknown. It probably has a genetic component which increases the chances for developing the disorder. Approximately one-third of all persons suffering from psoriasis report a family history of the illness.
Psoriasis is an excellent example of the concept of “diathesis/stress.” Some individuals are born with a genetic predisposition toward psoriasis, which is “triggered” into the clinical manifestation of the disease by stressors, such as systemic infections, injury to the skin, vaccinations, and certain medications. Flare-ups of the symptoms are often preceded by stressful events.
Whatever the source of the illness, the outcome is a growth of too many skin cells. The immune system may play a role in triggering excessive skin cell reproduction which produces the psoriatic lesions.
The course of psoriasis is highly variable. Symptoms may come and go, but usually do return. On average, the onset of psoriasis occurs at about 22 years of age. However, it may be seen at birth and as late in age as 90. From a medical perspective, psoriasis is generally considered to be a lifelong, incurable illness. Yet, some individuals with psoriasis experience spontaneous remissions.
Treatment of Psoriasis
Because medical treatment does not cure psoriasis, therapies are directed at symptom management. Topical (external) and systemic (internal) treatment provide varying degrees of temporary relief that can clear psoriasis for periods of time. Treatment is often expensive and time consuming.
A vast array of therapies, including medicines, ointments, creams, lotions, and phototherapy are used with varying success. However, these interventions can be cosmetically unpleasant and make the patient vulnerable to additional health risks.
If we look at the actual cause of psoriasis, the only effective treatment is by rectifying gut health. As the immune function of the body revolves around the health of the gut, so is Psoriasis also linked to the health of the gut.
Whether you inherited psoriasis or whether you got it after using antibiotics, cortisone, chronic medication, poor diet or due to high levels of stress, you can conquer this problem by reinstating good bacteria and digestive enzymes with a natural product like the Manna GUT Support.
You can also try to follow a diet which is very low in carbohydrates, like the Manna Diet, because the “bad bacteria” in the gut thrives on glucose and you need to keep sugar levels as normal as possible.