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What is psoriasis and why does it occur?

Psoriasis is a skin condition, which affects the skin cells,causing them to build and form scales of itchy, dry and redpatches. This condition is often painful, and it is chronic in nature, which iswhy it is not uncommon that the symptoms disappear for some time, or improve,and then worsen again. However, depending on the case, it is also possible thatthe symptoms are only experienced as bothersome.

As for the cause, it is considered that T cells, a type of whiteblood cells that are normally responsible for fighting off bacteria andviruses, attack the healthy skin cells for some reason that is not really understood.This further leads to a number of other problems, because the production ofhealthy skin cells and T cells is also increased. What may trigger psoriasis issome kind of an infection or injury to the skin, stress, smoking, cold weather,as well as certain medications or excessive consumption of alcohol.

Are there any natural remedies that can help in thetreatment of psoriasis?

Besides conventional and alternative methods of thetreatment, when it comes to psoriasis, very frequently certain natural remediesmay be helpful. Still, since every case is different, and people tend to experiencevarious symptoms and react differently to the same methods, it is important toknow that none of them guarantees relief, but due to the fact that they reallyare effective in a number of cases, they should be given a chance.

Apple cider vinegar is very helpful for the affectedfingernails and toenails, and it is recommended to use is as a soak or to applyit using cotton balls.Olive oil can help with scales on the scalp, if warmed alittle and then massaged into the scales.Baking soda is effective when it comes to itchy patches, andit is recommended to soak a washcloth into a solution of baking soda and water, and apply it to the troubling areas.Epsom salts and mineral oils should be added to the bath.Olive oil and vegetable oil are particularly helpful whenadded to the bath, since they reduce the symptoms a lot.

It is very important to inquire about the ways in whichthese natural remedies should be used, prepared, or applied. Besides these natural ways of treatment, it is important to knowthat sunbathing is also helpful in cases of psoriasis, as well as sea water.

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