Psoriasis Has Genetic and Environmental Factors

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Lifestyle/Environment Psoriasis was once thought to be a dermatological condition like eczema but is, in fact, an autoimmune disorder more closely related to rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
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What causes Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that affects 1% to 3 % of the world’s population. It is characterized by periodic flare-ups of well defined red patches covered by a silvery, flaky scale on the extensor surfaces and the scalp.

There are several variations of psoriasis but the most common type is chronic plaque psoriasis. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it is believed that a combination of several factors contribute to the development of this disease.

Immune System causes of Psoriasis

In a normally functioning immune system, white blood cells produce antibodies to foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses.

Genetic causes of Psoriasis

Researchers have now found 4 key genes that are involved with psoriasis. These genes regulate the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system. The HLA molecules are designed to present foreign substances to the immune system so they can be destroyed, but this process is malfunctioning in psoriasis

What causes bad breath?

Here are three common causes of bad breath.

These pieces of food can rot and start to smell. 

The food particles may begin to collect bacteria, which can be smelly, too. 

Plus, by not brushing your teeth regularly, plaque (a sticky, colorless film) builds up on your teeth. Plaque is a great place for bacteria to live and yet another reason .

Weather triggers of Psoriasis

Weather is a strong factor in psoriasis. Cold, dry weather commonly starts a psoriasis flare-up, and hot, damp, sunny weather makes psoriasis symptoms better.

Stress triggers of Psoriasis

Stress, unexpressed anger, and emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety are strongly associated with psoriasis flare-ups. In one study, nearly 40% of patients remembered a stressful event that occurred within a month of a psoriasis flare. Another study showed that stress can trigger certain immune factors associated with psoriasis.

Infection triggers of Psoriasis

Infections caused by bacteria or viruses can cause a psoriasis flare. The bacteria streptococcus that causes infections such as tonsillitis, sinusitis, and “strep throat” are a well known trigger of a type of psoriasis called guttate psoriasis. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is also associated with psoriasis.

Skin injury triggers of Psoriasis

Psoriasis usually is inherited and appears mostly at adulthood. However, the disease does not have to be life long. An alkaline diet and the abstinence from animal proteins are the foundation for every treatment to follow.

Especially good for psoriasis are fresh or frozen vegetables (not brusselsprouts or artichokes) salads, mushrooms, fresh fruits, potatoes and all root vegetables, cold pressed olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, non carbonated water and herb teas.

But even without this suggested diet you can still experience the beneficial effects of salt therapy. Traditional medicine has recognized the healing power of salt for Psoriasis for quite a long time.

Very often, for severe cases, the only cure for patients is a treatment in the Dead Sea which contains the highest salt concentration in the world. But as one cannot indulge in such baths forever, after some time the symptoms return.

Treating your psoriasis at home


Need help making Sole? Here is a great article to help.

Start with a 3% sole solution concentration ( 6 pounds of pure Himalayan crystal salt diluted in a full bath tub). Gradually increase the concentration up to 8% with your next baths. The sole bath will not only moisture your skin but also help stop inflammations.

The parts of the body that are more infected than others, like elbows and knees, can be massaged with the concentrated

Peter Ferreria

Peter Ferreria

Excerpted from the book Water and Salt by Peter Ferreria

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