Psoriasis is a common, chronic, auto immune systemic disease characterized by skin lesions which includes red, scaly patches with itching. These lesions can be focal or may cover all the body.
Psoriasis has been associated with increased risk of certain cancers, immune mediated disorders like Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis. This condition is usually referred as a genetic condition triggered by environmental factors.
Many patients complain that the disease interferes with their daily life thus hampering their social activities. Pain and itching makes the patient embarrassed to get involve with their family and friends.
It is said that no cure is available for psoriasis, but various treatments option are there that can help to control the symptoms. As it is chronic and recurrent in nature, it is very difficult to get treated. Topical and systematic treatments can help to ease the skin conditions. These treatments aim to reduce the inflammation, plaque formation, remove the scales and smoothens the skin.
There are many natural treatments that can alleviate the skin disorders such as –
- Soak it up
Adding oil, Epsom salts, or Dead Sea salts to warm bath can remove the dry patchy skin and decrease the itching and burning too. Pure hot water can aggravate the condition, so soak in your tub for 15 to 20 minutes and then apply the moisturizer or oil to the skin as soon as you finish the bath.
- Applying Moisturizer
Psoriasis causes skin dry which leads to itching, burning and scratching. To prevent this it is important to keep your skin moist by applying moisturizer all over the body. Petroleum jelly is the simple moisturizing option.
- Spice it up
To treat psoriasis at home, spice rack in our kitchen is the best option. Capsaicin, can help to relieve the pain and itching by blocking the communication system of sensory nerves. It also helps to get rid of plaques. Use the cream that contains 0.25 to 0.75 % capsaicin. It may take approximately one week to start working.
- Use of vinegar dip
Apple cider vinegar is commonly used to treat minor burns and inflammation of the skin. It also acts as a disinfectant. Usually patient can moisten the cotton ball with the vinegar and then apply it to the plaques on the body.
- Wrap it up
Carefully wrapping up the skin after applying the topical ointment has been proved effective as it helps the medication to get absorbed across the skin. It also helps to cover the affected part of the skin.
There are also many promising natural products in the market which can help you treat psoriasis. Most of these natural products have been formulated into one easy-to-take kits. If the psoriasis has become too much, there is support out there from health professionals that can provide with natural remedies to treat psoriasis.