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Is it just a case of ordinary dermatitis, or is it Psoriasis. Make doubly sure before any natural treatment for psoriasis.

The natural way to treat Dermatitis and Psoriasis

How to distinguish between the skin rashes Dermatitis and Psoriasis, and effective, longterm ways of eradicating these embarrassing and uncomfortable conditions.

Skin rashes like Dermatitis and Psoriasis can be terribly uncomfortable and frequently make sufferers feel very self conscious. Furthermore, the steroid creams commonly used to treat them, although very effective in the short term, can only temporarily mask the symptoms: Relapse is common, and long-term steroid use can cause thinning and further damage to the skin.

Now, in order to effectively treat the cause of your condition, it’s important we first know exactly what condition it is – though in the case of skin rashes working this out can be tricky: There are a multitude of potential conditions and causes for your symptoms, however, the most likely culprits are Dermatitis (Eczema), Psoriasis, and Fungal/Microbial infection (which I’ll cover in the next question). To work out which of these is affecting you, ask yourself the following questions:

Did your rash first appear behind your knees or on the inside of your elbows? Did it start off with tiny water filled blisters which, on bursting, left the skin weepy and cracked? And are you (or your family) prone to hay-fever, asthma or other allergic reactions?

If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, it would indicate your condition is Dermatitis. This is an allergic skin reaction made worse by stress, heat, sweating and sometimes from exposure to irritants such as detergents or lanolin (Contact Dermatitis). It’s non-contagious, so won’t spread to other people, but can spread widely over your own body.

If these don’t sound like your symptoms, ask yourself if your rash appears mostly on the bony bits of your body – for instance, the front of your knees and the outside of your elbows? Did it first appear as coin shaped patches of red skin – perhaps with silvery white scales? Have you noticed any pitting or discoloration of your fingernails? Finally, do you or your family suffer from painful joints or have a history of arthritis?

These kind buy cheap acomplia of symptoms would indicate that the problem is Psoriasis. This inherited condition occurs when the body mistakes healthy skin cells for infected tissue; normally such cells will take 3 – 4 weeks to work their way to the skin’s surface; in Psoriasis this happens much faster – sometimes in as little as 3 – 4 days. It is these dead skin cells building up on the surface that cause the scaling and flaking. Again this condition is non-contagious but, like dermatitis, it is extremely itchy and uncomfortable.

If you’re still unsure which condition you have, don’t worry – there are a number of things both these conditions have in common – First off, suffers generally don’t take in enough anti-inflammatory Fatty Acids. The most useful of these, EPA and DHA, can be found in linseed oil, evening primrose oil and oily fish.

Interestingly, amongst the Inuit people – whose diet consists mostly of fish – there dermatitis is practically unheard of. I would therefore recommend supplementing your diet with high levels of EPA and DHA fatty acids – anything up to 3,000 milligrams daily (along with zinc and vitamin C to aid absorption) should dramatically reduce the inflammation.

Similarly, applying cold pressed evening primrose oil directly onto the affected areas can be helpful – try mixing it with a couple of drops of German Chamomile and Lavender essential oil to reduce the inflammation and itching – what’s more, these oils will even keep your stress levels in check!

Next, particularly in the case of Psoriasis, your body is likely be suffering from toxic overload; this will worsen your itching as excess toxins and other irritants are secreted through your skin, This is why stress, heat and the sweating they cause can make you feel so much worse. Why not help your liver to process these toxins internally instead by drinking more water – much more – you’ll be amazed at the difference this makes.

You should also try to reduce the number of toxins you take in in the first place – don’t think you are re-hydrating by drinking Tea, Coffee or Cola for instance – the caffeine contained in these drinks affects your skin in hundreds of ways, none of them good. Ask yourself; how does you skin feel after that Coke? Itching yet…?

Cigarettes and alcohol are also out I’m afraid; apart from dehydrating you, the toxins released very quickly move to the surface of your skin (this is due to gaseous exchange and is the reason your parents could always smell whether you’d been smoking or drinking, no matter how many Polo-Mints you consumed). Once at the skin’s surface, these toxins will cause particularly severe irritation.

Foods to avoid are eggs, milk and other dairy products – where possible you’d also do well to steer clear of refined flour and sugar as well as citrus fruits, fried foods and chocolate – this doesn’t have to be forever though (I wouldn’t want you dying of boredom!) – just long enough for the benefits of the extra water and fatty acids to kick in.

Herbal teas which can reduce inflammation and speed up detoxification include Dandelion, Nettle and Chamomile – I’d also recommend mixing these with Peppermint tea (if only because it makes them taste less like dishwater…) .

Herbs that work well as external creams include: Stellaria (Chickweed) which offers fantastic relief from the itching; Borage (Starflower) which is a very soothing anti-inflammatory; and Calendula (Marigold) – an almost miraculous skin healer. This has the added benefit of anti fungal and bacterial properties.

When bathing, add oats and chamomile flowers to the running water (making sure the water is warm rather than hot) as these are very soothing and nourishing to your skin. Avoid harsh soaps, shampoos or shower gels containing irritants like sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) – this foaming-agent strips your skin of its natural oil (sebum), leaving it drier and more brittle.

If you think your condition is Dermatitis, avoid using lanolin based creams, biological washing powders or wearing wool next to your skin (cotton is much kinder). If buy cialis online you’re sure your condition is Psoriasis however, try to get out in the sun more – exposure to ultra violet light (within safe levels) has been shown to dramatically reduce the symptoms of this condition.

The main thing is to be patient – the general rule of thumb for curing skin conditions of this kind is to allow one month of recovery for every year it has affected you.

Unlike short term symptomatic remedies like steroid creams, a real cure will not be instantaneous, but it will be lasting.

   By David Sime
Published: 6/27/2008

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