Red, burning, and itchy skin of psoriasis can hinder quality of life. If you or someone you know has it, this isn't an overly surprising statement. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, 59% of people who suffer from psoriasis report it's a problem that affects all aspects of everyday life, and 33% report the skin condition has a negative impact on their social life. More than half report dissatisfaction with treatment.  If you're seeking relief, new research shows ozonated olive oil may be the perfect natural remedy.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Scientists don't know the exact cause of psoriasis, but research indicates it's the result of immune response from genetics. When it does appear, it's often because a medication, a food in your diet, or the environment triggered it. Known triggers include stress, skin injury (like sunburn), vaccinations, scratches, and medications. Medicines known to trigger psoriasis include antimalarial drugs, lithium, quinidine, indomethacin (an NSAID taken for arthritis), and Inderal (a blood pressure med). Infections from an earache, strep, bronchitis, or other respiratory conditions can also cause a flare-up.
What are the Different Types of Psoriasis?
When triggered, psoriasis appears as one or more of these five conditions:
- Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis. It's caused by a buildup of dead cells that gives a scaly appearance and causes inflamed skin. It appears most often on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp.
- Guttate psoriasis, the second most common type, shows blotchy red marks all over the torso and is often triggered by a strep infection, usually in young adults.
- Pustular psoriasis consists of tiny white blisters or pustules surrounded by white skin most commonly occurring on the hands and feet. It's not contagious, nor is it an infection.
- Inverse psoriasis appears under the arm, behind the knee, or in the groin area. It appears smooth, even shiny, and is usually accompanied by another form of psoriasis in another area of the body.
- Erythrodermic psoriasis is the most dangerous, and its symptoms include fiery redness that covers most if not all of the body. Due to the severity of this condition, you should go and see a doctor immediately if these symptoms describe you.
Scalp Psoriasis Help: Where to Start
Scalp psoriasis afflicts about 50% of those who suffer from psoriasis. It may occur as a mild scaling or a more severe crusting of the entire scalp, behind the ears, and onto the forehead. The process for healing this condition is fairly straightforward and breaks down into three steps – soften, remove, and alleviate.
First, soften the scales. You'll need to apply a salve or lotion for this step. There are a number of over-the-counter options, although many people have found success with ozonated olive oil.
Once softened, the scales can be loosened with a brush or fine comb. To prevent irritation of your already inflamed skin, brush gently or hold the comb at an angle. Next, wash your hair with shampoo that contains salicylic …read more