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Stress and its Effect on Nutrition

In modern times, Stress has become our number one health enemy. Stress has become ubiquitous, and its effects often remain hidden, manifesting only in subtle symptoms at first. But, make no mistake; it can lead to enormous health issues down the line.

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Integrative Dermatology

Why is sleep so important?

Can’t fall asleep.. my mind is too active! Does this sound familiar? How about ‘I woke up and I can’t go back to sleep!’… or tossing and turning all night?.. or ‘scratching my itchy skin is keeping me awake!’

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Integrative Dermatology

Stress and its relationship to the Immune system

Stress has very much become a part of life with most of us functioning under moderate to very high stress most of the time during our working lives. The impacts of significant stress are far-reaching and affect all aspects of human health.

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Skin Conditions

Rosacea- The Condition and its Triggers

Rosacea is a condition affecting the face where the skin becomes persistently red, often with visible tiny blood vessels and acne-like bumps and pimples. There may be intermittent burning, stinging or mild itching.

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Skin Conditions

Understanding the Triggers in Vitiligo

Vitiligo is the most common of depigmentation disorders. It is an acquired pigmentation disorder of the skin and mucous membranes, in which there is a loss of melanocytes or pigmentation, producing irregular white spots and or white patches.

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Understanding the Triggers in Eczema

There are many types of eczema. The condition can occur on any part of the body and results in inflammation of the skin with itching. Sometimes dryness and scaling, weeping, blistering and thickening of the skin may be seen.

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Stress Management

Stress is an intrinsic part of living in today’s world. There are times when we all go through acute phases of stress that are relatively short lived, and somewhat manageable as we know that it will pass.

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Stress & The Effects on the Skin

It has been established in recent years that the skin is a direct target of psychological stress via a cascade of hormones, neuropeptides, and neurogenic signals (causing nerve hypersensitivity and inflammation).

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Skin Conditions

Itch + Psoriasis

Itch (Pruritus) is an important but underestimated symptom in psoriasis. However, there is limited published research data available on both its prevalence and characteristics.

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Psoriasis and Fatigue

Fatigue is a common and often disabling symptom that occurs in patients with chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, cancer, neurological diseases and a number of other conditions in which inflammation and/or cellular stress occurs.

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Skin Conditions

PSORIASIS – Kidney Disease

The patient with psoriasis has an increased risk of developing one or more of a number of other diseases/conditions that share many immunological features with psoriasis.

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Nail Psoriasis – Part 2

Pitting is the commonest symptom of nail psoriasis. Pits usually affect the fingernails more commonly than the toenails. They are superficial depressions in the nail plate that indicate abnormalities in the proximal nail matrix (where the nail grows from under the cuticle).

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Skin Conditions

Psoriatic Nails – Part 1

Psoriasis can affect both finger nails and the toe nails (Psoriatic Nails). The percentage of those with psoriasis who have nail involvement is thought to be 50%. For some unknown reason the finger nails are more often involved than toe nails.

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Skin Conditions

PSORIASIS – Severity and Types

Psoriasis is one of the most common immune-mediated diseases world-wide. It is a chronic condition that waxes and wanes. Importantly it is not contagious but it can be an extremely painful, disfiguring and disabling condition for which there is no cure.

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PSORIASIS and DIET – Part 1

For many years Dermatologists, General Practitioner’s and many researchers considered that patients who stated that eating certain foods made their psoriasis  worse as being utterly mistaken or delusional.

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Skin Conditions

Itch (Pruritus) & Eczema

Scratching is the natural response to itch (Pruritus) and, by definition, inseparable from it. The act of scratching not only diminishes itch, but it has been found to be rewarding and addictive. The itch-scratch cycle is a complex phenomenon involving sensory, motor and emotional components.

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PSORIASIS and SMOKING

Tobacco smoke contains numerous chemicals that exert inflammatory effects on the human body. Recent studies suggest that cigarette smoking may trigger the development of psoriasis through oxidative, inflammatory and genetic mechanisms.

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