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Psoriasis and Nutrition
A review of the link between nutrition and psoriasis, a chronic skin condition resulting in skin lesions and plaques.
# 153085 | 1,027 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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This paper begins with the definition of psoriasis and then looks at the diagnosis of the disease. The paper explores the traditional management of the disease and discusses the role nutrition plays in managing psoriasis. The paper shows how nutrition may play a key role in managing the disease and reveals that inflammatory foods, such as white sugar, red meat and alcohol, can have a negative impact on the individual, while anti-inflammatory foods, such as garlic, pineapple and fish high in Omega-3, can benefit in helping alleviate symptoms.

Psoriasis Defined
Diagnosis and Management of Psoriasis
Nutrition and Psoriasis

From the Paper:

"Doctors typically diagnose psoriasis with a visual examination of the plaques that form. These are typically raised, red areas covered with silvery, loose, scaling skin, and are often found on the elbows, scalp, knees, feet, hands, or lower back. A small biopsy may be sent to a lab for analysis. If joint pain is associated, x-rays may be taken to diagnose psoriatic arthritis. Blood work also may be indicated to rule out other forms of arthiritis ("Psoriasis", 2010).
"Currently there is no cure for psoriasis; however, there are several treatment options, both non-pharmacological and pharmacological, available to help reduce the severity of the presented symptoms. Non-pharmacological treatments include sunlight therapy, as well as stress avoidance techniques. Pharmacological therapies include creams or lotions applied topically and orally ingested or injected systemic medications. In the United States, the annual medical treatment costs for psoriasis are approximately $1.6 to 3.2 billion (Brown, Hairfield, Richards, McMillin, Mein, & Nelson, 2004, p. 297).
"Topical applications include Anthralin. This is a synthetic substance made from a derivative of coal tar. Although it's been in use since the 19th century, it's often irritating to the skin and must be washed off after each session. Calcipotriol is a synthetic form of vitamin D, that is also a topical therapy. However, this treatment may elevate serum calcium."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bankhead, C. AAD: Poor nutrition linked to psoriasis. MedPageToday. 2009. Available at: Accessed December 13, 2010.
  • Brown, A., Hairfield, M., Richards, D., McMillin, D. Mein, E., & Nelson, C. Medical nutrition therapy as a potential complementary treatment for psoriasis - five case reports. Alternative Medicine Review. 2004; 9(3): 297-307.
  • Psoriasis - Exams and tests. WebMD. 2010. Available at: Accessed: December 13, 2010.
  • Soyland, E. et al. Effect of dietary supplementation with very-long-chain n-3 fatty acids in patients with psoriasis. New England Journal of Medicine. 1993; 328(25): 1812-1816.
  • Zimney, E. Psoriasis and nutrition. Everyday Health. 2008. Available at: Accessed December 13, 2010.

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