Talking to friends and co workers about your psoriasis can alleviate some of the stress and help people to understand what you are going through. It's important to let people who care about you know that psoriasis is not catching and that they can talk to you about it. For more information about how to approach people and to talk about psoriasis. click here
For Psoriasis sufferers, the natural UVA rays of summer sun can be therapeutic and when the air is humid, the skin is better able to retain moisture which is key to easing those dry plaques. So, while scorching temperatures and high humidity can put a damper on summer fun for some, for psoriasis patients the hot, moist weather may be just what the doctor ordered! Click here to read about a few ways that you can avoid a few hidden hazards this Summer.
In a study involving over 80,000 women, researchers discovered that the risk of developing psoriasis was 72% higher in women who drank an average of 2.3 beers per week or more compared to women who didn't drink alcohol at all. That risk went up even higher for women who drank 5 or more beers a week. To read more click here
Research into Oregon grape root (also known by its Latin name as Mahonia aquifolium, and which is the active ingredient in M-Folia) is causing excitement among dermatologists. The tall, flowering shrub that grows in abundance in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States is traditionally used to help treat constipation, bloating, and other intestinal issues, but dermatologists are revisiting the plant extract because of its effectiveness in treating psoriasis and other skin diseases. To learn more, click here:
Great article about foods that may help control the symptoms of psoriasis. People with psoriasis react differently to dietary changes, just as they can react differently to medical treatments. But many people have reported success with changes in their diet. Here is an article showing foods that may help. Click here to view
Dry air and low levels of exposure to sunlight’s ultraviolet rays can lead to a worsening of psoriasis symptoms during fall and winter. * That's why it is particularly important to take good care of yourself to avoid falre ups. This means maintaining a sensible, high fibre diet, high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, doing regular exercise and doing whatever you can to alleviate stress. One thing you can do to help is use M-Folia skin care products. The M-Folia shampoo is SLS-FREE and keeps the scalp smooth and soft. The M-folia cream and ointment help the hands, face and body. [...]
Our friends over at WebMD have just published an article entitled 'Ten Ways To Prevent Psoriasis Flare Ups'. Here's the list: Use moisturizing lotions. Take care of your skin and scalp. Avoid dry, cold weather. Use a humidifier. Avoid medications that cause flare-ups. Drugs that are known to make psoriasis worse in some people include: Lithium, used to treat psychiatric disorders Propranalol and possibly other beta-blockers, which are prescribed for heart conditions Cardioquin or Quinidex, medications for heart arrhythmias If you're using any of these medications, ask your doctor about substitutes. Avoid scrapes, cuts, bumps, and infections. Get some sun, [...]
A recent study explains why psoriasis plaques rarely become infected. The report reveals how psoriasis lesions have inherent anti-fungal and anti-bacterial proteins that fight infection. More interestingly, it shows once again how Psoriasis is very much an immune-related disorder and that long-term treatments should be focussed on the immune system. For more information - How Psoriasis Lesions Fight Infection
According to resident dermatologist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Dr Julie Moore M.D., Psoriasis sufferers cannot tolerate "live" vaccines such as the nasal flu vaccine and the shingles shot. Remember, Psoriasis is an immune-related condition and for that reason, patients with psoriasis should always consult their physician or dermatologist before getting vaccinated.
Sun exposure is usually discouraged for most people due to potential harmful effects of UV rays causing skin cancer and premature aging. However, according to Gottlieb Dermatologist, Julie Moore, M.D, the sun is a very effective natural treatment for psoriasis sufferers. "The sun is one of the best treatments for psoriasis," said Dr Moore, "so in summer I encourage my patients to sit out on the deck and give their affected areas a good sun bath,Dr Moore is a dermatologist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of Loyola University Health System. She added, "30 minutes is adequate to improve the [...]