Psoriasis (squamous lichen) is a severe chronic skin disease, the origin of which is based on many factors: this is a violation of metabolic processes, and genetic inheritance, and an increased load on the nervous system. Unfortunately, the disease cannot be called exotic, since according to statistics, skin diseases – psoriasis , dermatitis, eczema, oppress more than 3% of the world’s inhabitants . Fortunately for many, these diseases are not contagious and are not transmitted from one person to another either by contact or by airborne droplets. 

Symptoms of the disease

The local manifestations of the disease are so peculiar that they are unlikely to be confused with anything else.

Redness appears on the skin, then a rash consisting of round pinkish lesions with a diameter of 0.2-5 cm, which are soon covered with whitish scales. Scaly crusts are easily removed, exposing a focal lesion of the skin with a reddish, moist, shiny surface. In place of the bursting papules, pinpoint droplets of blood appear. Such signs are characteristic exclusively of psoriasis.

Depending on the form, degree of development and duration of the course, the disease may be accompanied by other symptoms. For example, like some other skin diseases psoriasis can affect the large joints of the lower and upper extremities ( psoriatic arthritis), the scalp (lichen scaly), and other anatomical areas of the human body. On the palms and soles, characteristic rashes may also occur, simulating callous formations with a clear boundary.   

Almost all types of psoriasis are accompanied by damage to the nails ( psoriatic onychia ): multiple punctate depressions that make the nail plate look like a thimble wall, or loosening (destruction) of the nail plate with the appearance of a pink, dense translucent border around it.

Traditional and folk treatment methods

Like many other skin diseases, psoriasis needs long-term, well-chosen, careful treatment, which implies a whole range of therapeutic measures. This includes taking external and internal anti-inflammatory drugs, special vitamin complexes, hormonal drugs, as well as all kinds of health treatments.  

Since mankind has been familiar with lichen scaly for a long time (even the ancient Greeks considered it to be the punishment of the gods), traditional medicine has accumulated many recipes that help alleviate the course of the disease. Here are just a few of them.

For internal use:

20 g of bay leaves are poured with water (500 ml) and boiled for 10 minutes. The prepared broth is filtered and divided into 3 equal portions. It should be drunk in 3 doses – in the morning, afternoon and evening. The duration of the course is 5-7 days.

Sea buckthorn oil is taken 2-3 g three times a day with food. The course is at least a month. Be careful! Do not take herbal preparations and medications at the same time; the required interval between taking these dosage forms is at least 1 hour.

For external use:

Apply fresh juice or garlic gruel to the affected areas. You can also make lotions from garlic infusion: 2-3 chopped cloves are poured with one tbsp. boiled water and leave for 60 minutes.

A decoction of blueberries is used for washing and lotions.

Take baths with a decoction of yarrow. The broth is prepared as follows: 10 tablespoons of herbs are poured into 2 liters of water and brought to a boil. It is recommended to bring the temperature of the water in the bath to 35-40 ° С, the duration of the procedure is 20 minutes.

All these manipulations really effectively relieve the symptoms of psoriasis, but unfortunately, there is no need to talk about the possibility of a final and irrevocable victory over the disease – while medicine is powerless in front of it.

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