The most effective psoriasis home remedies:
Psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes patches or areas of an inflamed, red, or itchy outer layer of skin. Around 1-3% percent of the population suffer from the embarrassing symptoms of dry or flaky skin. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, however, experts believe there are a few contributing factors. Most commonly, psoriasis is attributed to a genetic mutation that results in a change in the production of the white T-lymphocyte cells (or T-cells). However, there are other factors that are believed may contribute to the disorder such as stress, extreme weather conditions, and excessive smoking and drinking.
Are there any cure for psoriasis?
Currently since the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, there is no guaranteed cure for the disorder. There are a few treatments that have been shown to help curb some of the symptoms of the disorder many of which are able to be implemented in the comfort of your own home. Since psoriasis can show up anywhere, treatments are usually specific to the area it manifests. Traditional treatment usually involves some sort light therapy combined with a topical solution, however if your condition spreads beyond one particular area of the body, a prescription may be issued to help alleviate some of the symptoms. If you are already seeking professional medical treatment for your disorder and are looking for a few home remedies to use in combination with your prescriptions here are a few tips:
Home treatment of psoriasis:
1. Epsom salt bath: Being proactive about moisturizers is the most important decision you can make to compliment your psoriasis. A hot Epsom salt bath has been shown to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the irritation psoriasis causes on the skin. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a hot bath tub, possibly with other natural bath oils like dead sea salts and soak for 15-20 minutes.
2. Medicated chap-stick: If your symptoms are limited to a controllable area like to backs of your hand or your arm, applying medicated chap-stick can help soothe and protect the skin while it repairs the damage.
3. Petroleum jelly: If applied directly after showering or bathing, petroleum jelly can help moisturize the effected areas.
4. Diet: There is evidence that shows psoriasis is a result of a poor immune system. While studies have been done to test the effects of a gluten free diet with disappointing results, general healthier diet changes have shown promise. Increased consumption of vegetables, fruits, and healthy oils with a decrease in the intake of red meats are suggested as a possible treatment for psoriasis.
It is important to remember that many of these remedies will not "cure" your psoriasis, but control the symptoms. If you start to see results with a particular treatment, be sure to keep at it! If you don't see results right away, don't be discouraged. There are a number of forums dedicated to psoriasis sufferers testing different solutions and reporting back their results.
This article is intended for informational purposes only. Please consult a health care professional before implementing any psoriasis home treatment.