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Cause and Treatment for Psoriasis

If you have psoriasis, it is imperative that you have your  vitamin D  levels tested and maintain levels in the therapeutic range of 50-70 ng/ml year-round. Vitamin D is a potent immune modulator, making it very important for the prevention of autoimmune diseases. According to one study, “vitamin D could have important immunomodulatory effects in psoriasis,” but unfortunately 80 percent of patients in winter, and 50 percent in the summer, were vitamin-D deficient. 4 Vitamin D is thought to effect psoriasis on multiple levels, including helping to regulate keratinocyte (skin cell) growth and differentiation as well as influence the immune functions of T lymphocytes and other cells. Vitamin D also inhibits cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cell activity, potentially helping to regulate skin cell growth. 5

General Care for Psoriasis

What you need to do if you have Psoriasis, here it is; Remember that psoriasis is a treatable disease. Get 20-30 minutes exposure to sunlight regularly. Use emollients or moisturizers liberally. Bath in a coal tar bath at bedtime. Scrub scales off gently using a stiff brush. For scalp care, use coal tar shampoo. For nail care, remove debris under the nails gently and apply steroid cream. For psoriatic arthritis, splints and warm compress can be applied to affected joints.