How To Treat Psoriasis
[toc]Psoriasis is a complex form of frequently occurring autoimmune disease that is identified by flaky patches and red rashes over the skin. There is no known cure for this disease but many treatments can be employed to reduce its symptoms. Psoriasis actually occurs due to malfunctioning of the immune system, especially abnormal functioning of T cells (type of white blood cells) of the system.
Instead of protecting the body from invaders, the immune system promotes speedy growth of skin cells and inflammation. They are causing the overgrowth and then attacking the area of skin, where patches are formed. Medicines are not much of value in alleviating the symptoms of this disease. But, certain natural ways can be easily tried to treat psoriasis.
Ways To Treat Psoriasis
Making use of dietary supplements can improve the condition from the core, for most of the sufferers of psoriasis. Milk thistle, vitamin D, fish oil and evening primrose are known to improve the condition. While choosing the supplements, make sure to choose wisely the ones that do not complicate the other preexisting health problems or offer harmful side effects.
So, one can always do the response testing before, depending on supplements in the long run. Fish oil can be applied directly over the skin to reduce formation or reoccurrence of red patches in many individuals. But, the response may not be equally effective in others.
Epsom Salt Bath
Hot water is not good for psoriasis patients and is more of an enemy for the skin as it aggravate the psoriasis symptoms. Go for lukewarm bath with olive oil, mineral oil, milk or Epsom salt to infiltrate the plagues and scales, and soothe down the itching. Soon after the bathing, pat dry the skin and then apply moisturizer over the skin, for acquiring two fold benefits.
Avoid All Perfumes And Dyes
Almost all soaps or perfumes except the herbal or medicinal ones are loaded with fragrances. These make one smell good but at the same time serve as trigger for inflaming psoriasis. Select all products that are specifically prepared for the sensitive skin, by reading the labels. Sensitive skin products are mostly devoid of all scents and dyes as it irritates the skin.
Olive Oil Massage
Olive oil is not only healthy for the body but extremely beneficial for the skin. Application of olive oil or other vegetable oils over the patches and scales of psoriasis helps in locking the nutrients and moisture within. Then massage a little amount of olive oil on the scalp to loosen out the troublesome plagues during the next shower time.
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Aloe Vera Gel
Application of aloe vera gel on psoriasis lesions helps to reduce the symptoms. Apply aloe vera gel for 3 times over the skin in a day and continue for 4 weeks and get surprised by the tremendous relief from psoriasis patches and scales. But, make sure to use aloe vera in gel form rather than cream, to generated rapid results.
Application of castor oil over the small, thick, well circumscribed lesions and keeping it overnight is very beneficial in improving the skin condition. For better results, make use of cold pressed castor oil mixed with baking soda.
This prepared mixture offers speedy recovery from scaly and thick heel skin, but ensure that the skin should not have been cracked.
Apple Cider Vinegar
To improve scaling and itching of skin, use apple cider vinegar solution prepared by diluting in 3 to 4 times of lukewarm water. Pour the solution over the head, rub it around and keep it for 1 minute before rinsing it out. Alternatively, add half a cup of apple cider vinegar to one tub of bath water and get soak in it for a few minutes, to restore skin acidity.
Chamomile And Cayenne Pepper
Both cayenne pepper and chamomile are rich in anti inflammatory properties that help in healing psoriasis. Capsaicin cream is available these days that is prepared from cayenne peppers and is extremely beneficial in lowering scaling and redness in psoriasis.
The use of capsaicin cream should be continued for a period of 6 weeks to achieve the beneficial results. Those, who are allergic to ragweed should not use chamomile for treating psoriasis as it is itself a part of ragweed family and will worsen the situation further due to allergic reaction.
Get Out In The Sun
The ultraviolet rays of the sun are itself a cure for psoriasis, but avoid too much exposure as it can cause sun burn that may make psoriasis worse, instead of curing it. Move out in sun while applying sunscreen of SPF 30 or more over the unaffected portions of the skin. Start with small exposure to sun and protect the eyes by using sunglasses that block away UVA and UVB rays completely.