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Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent, inflammatory disorder that can affect the skin, nails, and joints. The most common form of psoriasis is plaque, or discoid, psoriasis, which has localised, raised, and inflamed silvery-scaled lesions that are most frequently present on the surface of the knees, elbows, and scalp. It affects about two per cent of the population in Europe and North America, but is less common in other regions. In terms of causes, there may be a genetic tendency. The basic problem with psoriasis is that new skin cells form more quickly than usual, causing accumulations of living cells. These create thickened patches of skin covered with dead, flaking cells. The condition will vary in severity from person to person and can, sometimes, lead to infection.


In treating psoriasis, emphasis is placed on an individual’s psychological make-up, in particular factors that might have triggered the condition, such as stress or emotional upset. Environmental factors and food preferences are also very important. A great deal of research has gone into the role played by nutrition and diet in psoriasis. Some psoriasis patients have reported that eliminating certain foods from their diet has actually helped to improve particular symptoms. It is not possible for diet to cure psoriasis completely, but the use of natural remedies along with a controlled diet can help to manage and control symptoms.


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