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Understanding Psoriasis treatment options

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Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory disease. How Psoriasis originates is currently unknown, however it is acknowledged that people with Psoriasis have an overactive immune system due to systemic (whole body) inflammation that is triggered by certain environmental conditions (1). Bearing this in mind, it is also recognised that quality of life is compromised in people living with Psoriasis due to the debilitating pain, itchiness and other associated psychological distress.

As of today, there is no cure for Psoriasis, thus symptom management is the current focus in the medical world. Some of the treatment options for Psoriasis include (2):

  • Biologics
  • Systemics
  • Phototherapy (UV)
  • Oral pain relief
  • Topicals

There are a number of issues surrounding current Psoriasis management

  1. This list only addresses physical symptom management
  2. The side effects of treatment may outweigh the benefits of the treatment
  3. These treatments are costly and can pose long term risk for the patient (3)
  4. The elderly and people with greater comorbid systemic inflammatory diseases are contraindicated in these treatment options, leaving no treatment available (4).

The Abundant Natural Health Ocean Soothe Range address gaps in current treatment as it is a transdermal localised application and uses natural magnesium and salts for symptoms relief and natural acids in cucumber juice to enhance magnesium and salt absorption.   Also, due to the chronicity of psoriasis, many patients prefer natural treatments compared to steroidal or immunosuppressive drugs due to the side effects associated with the latter (3).

We propose using Abundant Natural Health Ocean Soothe, a natural treatment alternative. The lotion and gel act locally, and can be used as an adjunctive treatment along with other medications for other conditions.

References

  1. Di Meglio, P., Villanova, F., Nestle, F., & Di Meglio, P. (2014). Psoriasis. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine, 4(8), 580–587. https://doi.org/10.1101/cshperspect.a015354
  2. National Psoriasis Foundation (2019). National Psoriasis Foundation. [online] Psoriasis.org. Available at: https://www.psoriasis.org/ [Accessed 31 Aug. 2019].
  3. Mikula, C., & Mikula, C. (2003). Balneo-phototherapy: a new holistic approach to treating psoriasis. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 15(6), 253–259. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/73420323/
  4. Wong, J., Koo, J., & Wong, J. (2012). The safety of systemic treatments that can be used for geriatric psoriasis patients: a review. Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012(2012), 367475–367475. https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/367475
  5. World Health Organisation. (2016). Global report on PSORIASIS. Retrieved 12 December 2019, from https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/204417/9789241565189_eng.pdf;sequence=1

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