Summer sun `natural medication` for psoriasis sufferers

Washington: A dermatologist has claimed that exposure to the summer sun is a boon for people suffering from psoriasis.

Julie Moore, MD, dermatologist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of Loyola University Health System, said that the sun is one of the best treatments for psoriasis, so in summer she encourage her patients to sit out on the deck and give their affected areas a good sun bath.

She asserted that twenty to thirty minutes is adequate to improve the skin.

Psoriasis is believed to be caused when the immune system mistakes normal skin cells for pathogens and reacts by creating an overproduction of skin cells.

Moore said that psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in America, asserting that there`s no cure for psoriasis and it is a life-long condition that flares up and calms down due to stress, illness and unknown factors.

She added that psoriasis is much more than a cosmetic concern; it is often painful, difficult to heal and can be disfiguring.