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Home Remedies and Treatment of Psoriasis: What You Can Do

Home Remedies and Treatment of Psoriasis: What You Can Do

Psoriasis is a skin disease where the skin cells tend to develop faster than normal, resulting in a pile-up on the skin. These pile-ups can be of different types and appearances based on the location where it occurs. This skin condition has no actual cure as of the moment. However, different home remedies and treatment of psoriasis are prescribed by doctors and dermatologists to relieve and reduce the severity of this condition.

Home Remedies and Treatment of Psoriasis

Here is a list of some home remedies for Psoriasis. Stop immediately if you experience any adverse effects or if your condition worsens. Always consult your doctor before making any major changes in your lifestyle.

Salt Bath

A warm bath containing Epsom salt is effective in soothing the skin and relieving symptoms of psoriasis. The relief can be felt after every 20-minute bath daily for three weeks. Fun fact, according to a small clinical trial, bathing in the Dead Sea relieves psoriasis the most.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera extract in creams helps reduce the itchiness and redness of the skin with psoriasis. However, using this might take several months to see the improvement.

Omega-3

Eating foods with Omega-3 helps decrease inflammation in the body and skin. Some food items with Omega-3 include flaxseed oil, nuts, seeds, soy, and fatty fish. Fish oil supplements are also available but the intake should be monitored because an intake of more than three grams can thin your blood.

Turmeric

Applying turmeric gel on the skin with psoriasis reduces the skin’s redness, scaling, and itchiness. Based on a small study, it takes twice a day of application for nine weeks to see the improvements in people with mild to moderate psoriasis.

Oregon Grape

This is an herbal remedy that helps to calm the immune system and reducing the symptoms of psoriasis. Several studies said that Oregon Grape cream is safe and effective in treating psoriasis.

Apple Cider

Best applied on the scalp with psoriasis, apple cider contains natural properties that kill germs and help to soothe the itchy and burned skin from psoriasis.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Having excess weight increases the risk of psoriasis, as well as other diseases. Losing weight helps in reducing the symptoms of this skin disease.

Stress-Relieving Activities

Stress is one of the known triggers of psoriasis. Finding activities that relieve stress helps in toning down psoriasis’ risk and symptoms.

Use a Humidifier and Moisturizer

Applying moisturizers and using a humidifier can prevent dryness of the skin, prevent cracks, and avoid the worsening of the condition.

Sunlight Exposure

Brief exposure to sunlight is beneficial for medicating Psoriasis as it helps the skin to have a better appearance.

Symptoms of Psoriasis: More Than Just Dry, Scaly Skin

Treatments for Psoriasis

If home remedies did not show any improvements, you can rely on these treatments that can be done by medical professionals. Always consult your doctor.

Topical therapy

This is the usual treatment for the severity of psoriasis. Topical therapy uses creams and ointments to treat the skin condition, but it may take weeks or months to see the results. The following cream and ointments used under topical therapy are the following:

  • Vitamin D Analogues
  • Calcineurin Inhibitors
  • Dithranol
  • Coal Tar

Light Therapy

Also called phototherapy, this uses natural and artificial light to treat psoriasis in a way that is not similar to sunbathing. In this therapy, a strong light is directly used only on the part of the body with psoriasis, such as:

  • Ultraviolet B broadband
  • Ultraviolet B narrowband
  • Psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA)
  • Excimer Laser

Systemic Treatment

This treatment is the last option if the above treatments do not show any effectiveness. In this treatment, oral or injected drugs will be prescribed by doctors. However, severe side effects can be felt. But this treatment is only used for a brief period compared to other treatments. People who are planning to get pregnant and are breastfeeding are recommended to ask their doctors first to know the kind of medication that suits their situation.

Under this are two types of systemic treatment – biological and non-biological.

Biological. These are medications usually given as injections.

  • Steroids
  • Etanercept
  • Adalimumab
  • Infliximab
  • Ustekinumab

Non-biological. These are oral medications given as tablets or capsules.

  • Methotrexate
  • Ciclosporin
  • Acitretin
  • Retinoids

Home remedies and treatments of psoriasis can be done at the same time to achieve better results in a short time. The combination of these remedies and treatments are difficult to determine because psoriasis varies in its severity, and the skin type of the person is also a factor.

Key Takeaways

Psoriasis is a skin disease where skin cells pile up. Even though this disease has no cure, there are different home remedies and treatments of psoriasis that can be done to help reduce the symptoms and curb flare-ups.

For some cases, a combination of treatments is more effective in treating psoriasis. However, it is difficult to determine the right combination of home remedies and treatment of psoriasis that will be effective on the patient. It’s important to consult your doctor first about the most suitable remedy and treatment for you.

Learn more about Psoriasis here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Psoriasis, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355845 Accessed January 1, 2021

Psoriasis, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/psoriasis/treatment/ Accessed January 1, 2021

8 Home Remedies for Psoriasis: Do They Work?, https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/moderate-to-severe/8-home-remedies-for-psoriasis-do-they-work Accessed January 1, 2021

12 home remedies for treating psoriasis, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/314525#home-remedies Accessed January 1, 2021

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Written by Tracey Romero Updated Jan 12
Fact Checked by Hello Doctor Medical Panel
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