November 3, 2017

Health Roundup: Psoriasis Edition

Psoriasis sufferers are up to TWICE as likely to die early

Psoriasis affects around two percent of people in the US and UK. Severe psoriasis is defined as red, scaly patches that cover 10% of the body. Patients with severe psoriasis have nearly double the risk of dying prematurely as they are at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  Since the affected body surface area can be easily evaluated during patient's doctor visits, doctors are able to determine the patients most at risk of medical problems.

Our Skin Can 'Remember' Inflammation, And It Could Help Us Understand Psoriasis

Wounds, and even other harmful attacks that cause inflammation, are 'remembered' by stem cells in the skin, according to new research, and those 'memories' are used to heal our bodies faster the next time around. While stem cells don't suddenly have brain-like memory-forming capabilities, this research has shown these amazing cells log past experiences to improve their wound-healing capabilities in the future. And at times this ability could actually have a negative result.

"By enhancing responsiveness to inflammation, these memories help the skin maintain its integrity, a feature that is beneficial in healing wounds after an injury," says one of the team, Elaine Fuchs. "This memory may also have detrimental effects, however, such as contributing to the relapse of certain inflammatory disorders such as psoriasis."

New steroid-free cream clears up the scaly skin of psoriasis within weeks without any of the side effects

More than two million people in Britain suffer from psoriasis. Skin condition sees cells replaced every few days, instead of three to four weeks. It can form raised silvery scales which can become inflamed and painful. The new treatment, Soratinex, can reduce redness and scaling skin within weeks.

Scientists reveal there is an at-home device to tackle psoriasis that does work

Blue-light therapy reduces symptoms of the scaly skin condition in 84% of sufferers. The chronic, itchy condition is caused by too many skin cells being made. Philips BlueControl shown to decrease thickness of plaques, redness and scaling. The blue LED light works by slowing down the accelerated production of cells and it also educes the inflammation that causes the red plaques on sufferers. Sold in the UK and Germany, the device was given FDA approval in July.

Diet cure for Psoriasis and Eczema Sufferers Helps Thousands

A woman whose 20-year battle with psoriasis and eczema was so severe she was told her only treatment option was chemotherapy has found a 'cure' through diet. Hanna Sillitoe was in such agony she even had to resort to going out with her red-raw skin wrapped in clingfilm to stop her clothes rubbing against it. Having tried 'every cream under the sun' and at her wits end, the 38-year-old, from Manchester, began researching about anti-inflammatory foods and devised her own diet. She cut out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy and wheat. The interior designer then found her heavily scaly and crusted skin cleared up completely and as a 'bonus' lost five stone (31kg). She also says her 'whole health has been boosted'.

She published a blog and book to help others and has shared their astounding before and after pictures. One US mother of a psoriasis-covered toddler used Hanna's diet plan and revealed her daughter 'has her life back'

 Before After Diet Cure Psorasis

Ashley – who said some people have accused her of being 'a bad parent' when they've mistaken
her daughter's psoriasis for severe sunburn – reports Charlie has found relief

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