Salt therapy or halo therapy is the most beneficial natural way of treating respiratory and skin conditions and has been practiced since 18th century. Salt has bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergen action. It fights against all skin irritants and relieves sore, flakey and infected skin.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory auto immune skin disease characterized by abnormal red, itchy, and scaly skin. In this condition skin cells grow at faster rate, causes excess build up of skin and shed soon. The skin itch, flake and peel to raw skin turn painful. In severe cases it crack and bleed.
It starts at any age, often develops under 35 years old and both men and women are equally affected. This disease is not contagious but thought to be genetic and triggered by stress and environmental factors. There are five main types of psoriasis: in that Plaque psoriasis or psoriasis vulgaris is more common with 80% of cases. Here, plaque accumulates anywhere on skin and knees, elbows, nails, trunk, scalp etc are common sites.
Guttate psoriasis has drop like lesions affects children and younger adults. Pustular psoriasis with small pus filled blisters which are non infectious. Inverse psoriasis comes with red patches in armpit, under breast and skin folds around genitals and buttocks. Erythrodermic psoriasis involves widespread inflammation and exfoliation affects finger and toe nails including pits and color changes in nail. Psoriatic arthritis, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and depression are common in people with psoriasis.
Psoriasis is not curable but is easily controllable with medications and life style management. Topical medications can be taken such as steroid creams, vitamin D creams, sun protection creams and moisturizers. Internally beta blockers, NSAIDs, immune system suppressing medications are prescribed. Life style measures such as managing stress and quit smoking may help.
As complementary to above, salt therapy for psoriasis provides much-needed relief and reduces recurrence of symptoms. Salt therapy is done with salt bathing or massage. 15 to 20 sessions of therapy is included in a course and 1 to 2 courses are recommended for a year. For better results salt is mixed with above creams and applied over skin. Halo therapy has lasting effect and is safe and beneficial for every age group.
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