Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic pain and itching that can severely impact quality of life, leaving many sufferers wondering what they can do to alleviate symptoms. Now, some are saying that managing the skin disease can be as simple as following a psoriasis diet, especially when combined with traditional therapies.
Psoriasis is a common, chronic condition in which the skin develops red, itchy patches and thick, silvery scales. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated 7.5 million Americans suffer from the inflammatory disease which is linked to other conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression. Psoriasis mostly affects the skin and joints, but symptoms may also affect the fingernails, the soft tissues of the genitals and the inside of the mouth and can range in severity from annoying to disabling.
Can you Control Psoriasis with Diet?
While the standard treatments for psoriasis often involve topical and oral medications, as well as ultraviolet light therapy, many foods and supplements are rumored to help with psoriasis treatment. But does research back up the claims that a psoriasis diet can help manage the condition?
Since inflammation plays a significant role in psoriasis – and food can often be used to fight inflammation — it’s understandable to question whether diet may affect the disease. Though the Mayo Clinic notes there is no diet cure specifically for psoriasis, they do say many patients often report relief from their symptoms when they make simple adjustments to their diet.
If you’re looking for help with managing your psoriasis symptoms, it may be time to look at what you’re putting on your plate. Here are a few important do’s and don’ts of how to follow a psoriasis diet.
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