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HEALTHY SKIN and WATER INTAKE – PART 1

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Water is an essential element for our existence as it performs a number of vital functions in the body.  It is a key component of the fluid that forms the basis of saliva that helps us to swallow, of synovial fluids that cushion the joints and of the fluids that fill our eyeballs and lubricates our eyes. It provides the medium for by which most of the chemical reactions in the body occurs, it acts as a cushion for the

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PSORIASIS and CHEMICAL EXPOSURE to POLLUTION

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Human beings are continuously exposed to environmental pollutants. Because of its critical location, the skin is a major interface between the body and the environment and provides a biological barrier against an array of chemical and physical environmental pollutants. The skin can be defined as our first defense against the environment because of its constant exposure to oxidants, including ultraviolet (UV) radiation and other environmental pollutants such as diesel fuel exhaust, cigarette smoke (CS), halogenated hydrocarbons, heavy metals, and ozone

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PSORIASIS and CHEMICAL EXPOSURE

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In this blog we will concentrate on the role of physical contact with chemicals and the effect on psoriasis. For Oral Drug Induced Psoriasis please refer to out blog "PSORIASIS – the Relationship with Drugs" ROLE OF CONTACT ALLERGENS IN PSORIASIS Various studies have suggested that hypersensitivity to contact  allergens, namely chemicals, in psoriasis is an important and often underestimated, provocative/exacerbating factor in the manifestation and the course of psoriasis. Recently research has focused on allergic contact dermatitis in psoriasis and results have

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PSORIASIS and ALCOHOL INTAKE

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The course of psoriasis is chronic and over a period of time the condition may be severe and commonly causes emotional problems, which in themselves may lead to relief drinking.1 Patients with psoriasis experience considerable emotional distress, depression and social isolation due to the visibility of skin lesions, especially when the lesions are widespread and severe. Whilst it would be demeaning to state that all psoriasis patients with mild to severe psoriasis suffer from alcoholism, it has been confirmed in several

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What triggers Psoriasis?

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Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder and whilst the exact causes of psoriasis have yet to be discovered, the immune system and genetics are known to play major roles in its development. The immune system is somehow mistakenly triggered, which speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells among other immune reactions1. Researchers show that whether a person develops psoriasis or not may depend on a “trigger”2. These Primary Triggers activate the condition. Possible Primary triggers include: Koebner Phenomenon – Skin Injury

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