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Psoriasis is probably the most troublesome and difficult skin condition seen in the adult population. It occurs in approximately five per cent of the population, but accounts for more than ten per cent of dermatology consultations. Psoriasis was first described in ancient Egypt as a type of leprosy. It is a very scaly condition which is quite conspicuous and can be a source of some embarrassment, although it is not contagious.
The exact cause of psoriasis is not well understood. Hereditary factors are important, although there is no strict inheritance pattern. Recent research has shown that immune factors may be important because AIDS sufferers have a higher incidence of psoriasis. It is also known that stress, alcohol and lack of sunlight can cause psoriasis to suddenly appear.
Psoriasis can appear almost anywhere on the body. It commonly occurs on the scalp, elbows and knees, and sometimes on the face. It can also affect the nails and joints.
Treating psoriasis
Psoriasis is treatable, however it cannot be cured. For centuries, sufferers have been the victims of many misleading claims of ‘miracle’ cures. Even the Government of Victoria was hoodwinked into subsidizing the development of a miracle cure for the condition. Like all other fads, this one came and went, while the government lost several million dollars. Likewise, special diets, particularly those high in fish oils, have been advocated for the treatment of psoriasis, but these have not proven very successful. As far as diet is concerned, alcohol is the only substance which should be kept to a minimum.
There is no universal treatment for psoriasis. Rather, there are many different treatments, each having its advantages and disadvantages. Treatment is dependent on things like previous disease patterns, the severity of the condition and the treatment facilities available. It should also be kept in mind that psoriasis can improve spontaneously, irrespective of the treatment used.

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