Most people know what psoriasis is from viewing the ABC’s Singing Detective series. It is a scaly skin disease which one in 50 people experience in a mild form on the scalp, elbows, knees or lower back. It can be severely aggravated by taking anti-malarial medications or blood pressure tablets. Stress can add to the problem. It is not a contagious disease.
Psoriasis can be controlled by using a tar based shampoo or white paraffin ointment after a shower. Mild doses of sunlight will improve the condition. Do not overdo the sun as burning will make it much worse.
Externally and internally cold pressed oils such as linseed, sunflower and wheatgerm oils can be applied to the area or take 2 teaspoons daily. Supplement your diet with Vitamins A, E and the mineral zinc. Tea made from red clover or sarsaparilla will help the circulation to the affected areas.
Diet should be changed to a vegetarian one. You may find the psoriasis is caused by an allergy (although most cases are thought to be genetic). Avoid alcohol in the diet as it may be aggravating the condition.
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