Many women of all ages, including young moms, often deal with a mysterious skin condition called psoriasis. This is an immune-mediated disease that causes red, raised, scaly patches to appear on the skin. These symptoms can show up anywhere, including the mouth, eyelids, skin folds, even the nails, causing many moms anguish for two reasons – psoriasis can be intensely itchy, and it is unsightly. Of course, psoriasis is a problem for everyone – approximately six million Americans, in fact; scientists don’t know exactly what causes it, but they do now that the immune system is involved. Although it can appear at any age, most people show symptoms between 15 and 30 years of age. Sometimes, various members of one family battle the disease at once. Indeed, one is more likely to develop psoriasis if another family member has it.
Another interesting way to promote scale-free skin is hyperbaric oxygen therapy – thus far, studies show good results and no side-effects from this gentle treatment.