Psoriasis is a skin disease, but it is not contagious. It commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scaly patches caused by psoriasis, called psoriatic plaques, are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and takes a silvery-white appearance. Plaques frequently occur on the skin of the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the scalp and genitals.
What causes Psoriasis?
The cause of psoriasis is not fully understood. There are two main hypotheses about the process that occurs in the development of the disease. The first considers psoriasis as primarily a disorder of excessive growth and reproduction of skin cells. The second hypothesis sees the disease as being an immune-mediated disorder in which the excessive reproduction of skin cells is secondary to factors produced by the immune system.
Recommended Diet for Psoriasis Patients:
- The primary step towards any attempt to bring down the severity of psoriasis is drinking lots of water. A minimum of two litres of water should be consumed.
- IMPROVE YOUR DIET and eat lots of green leafy vegetables. This will not cure your psoriasis, but it may dramatically reduce it.
- It is claimed that Epsom salt may have a positive effect in reducing the effects of psoriasis.
- Fasting is used by some to treat mild forms of psoriasis.
- The following foods are popular triggers (worsen)of psoriasis – Coke-a-Cola, red wine, red meat, MSG, chilli, hot spices, junk foods, oily foods, berries (such as strawberries) tomato, most acidic foods and vitamin-c. People with poor diets are likely to have much worse psoriasis.