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Raised,red scaly patches caused by psoriasis can appear anywhere on the skin. The cause is unknown, but it sometimes runs in families. It usually erupts between the ages of 15 and 30. The rash begins as small red spots, which may merge to form circular or oval patches. It often affects both sides of the body symmetrically for example, if one elbow is affected, so is the other. The complaint sometimes follows two or three weeks after a throat infection and can also be triggered by drugs such as chloroquine, which may be prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, some skin disorders, liver infections and malaria.
Raised,red scaly patches, circular or oval skin patches.
While there is no cure for psoriasis, doctors can confirm the diagnosis, give general advice and prescribe creams and ointments to give relief. Sunlight or artificial ultraviolet light may also help. Many sufferers improve dramatically if they are able to move to a sunnier climate.
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info