Home Treatments for Psoriasis

Psoriasis outbreaks, seen in the form of dry, red, scaly, inflamed patches of skin, are frustrating and embarrassing for sufferers. An auto-immune disease, psoriasis flare-ups can happen any time, so key to controlling your psoriasis is keeping your skin healthy and moisturized. Psoriasis is found in patches often on the scalp, lower back, elbows, knees and knuckles. These patches are the result of a fast-forwarding of the skin making process that forms a build up of dead skin cells. It isn’t contagious, just unsightly.

What are the symptoms of Psoriasis?

  • Patches of itchy skin with white scales
  • Finger and toenails that are thick, pitted and discolored.
  • Nails that separate from the nail bed.
  • Red, scaly and cracked skin with tiny pustules on the palms or feet.

 

How do I prevent outbreaks?

The key to preventing outbreaks is keeping skin moist and moisturized.

  • Take a bath with likewarm water or apply wet compresses to affected areas. Do not bathe more than once a day or you will exacerbate breakouts.
  • Moisturize immediately after bathing and whenever your skin feels dry. Thick moisturizers and cooking oils such as olive oil are great options.
  • Turn on a humidifier and keep the air in your home and office moist.
  • Talk to your doctor to make sure that any medications you take don’t make breakouts worse.
  • Use soaps that are gentle and scent free.
  • Try to avoid injuring your skin through bumps, bruises, and sunburns.
  • Treat infections quickly.

 

How can I treat psoriasis?

There is no cure for psoriasis, but these tips may help you treat outbreaks when they occur.

  • Use apple cider vinegar. Soak your fingers in a bath of it, apply it to plaque with a cotton ball, and make a compress using 1 cup vinegar to a gallon of water and press it to your skin. It helps to sooth burning and irritation and works as a disinfectant.
  • Wrap break outs with plastic wrap. You can moisturize first but be sure you don’t let the wrap get soggy. That could cause a secondary infection.
  • If you have psoriasis on your scalp, consider massaging olive oil into your skin to break up the plaque and remove it, then gently shampoo and rinse thoroughly.
  • To get the itch out of a section of scalp plaque, mix 1 1/2 cups of baking soda with 3 gallons of water and apply with a washcloth.
  • Add epsom salts to your back to bring swelling down and increase healing. Remember! Use lukewarm water.
  • Mineral oil works as well as epsom salts. Add to your bath and enjoy.
  • Add cranberries, nuts, and a little chocolate to your diet. They may help to limit breakouts.
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