Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease which develops red and itchy patches on the skin. Psoriasis is occurs when the cells multiply at a faster rate than normal and cause rapid buildup on the surface of the skin. Psoriasis usually develops on the knees, elbows, palms, soles and back. It is considered a chronic skin disorder that can have tolerable symptoms at times, but may worsen the next day.
Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for Psoriasis. The basic goal in treating this skin issue is to stop the rapid growth of skin cells. People suffering from Psoriasis are advised to eat and live healthy to prevent further complications. In addition, application of cortisone creams prescribed by doctors or exposure to proper amount of sunlight are some of the most common cures.
Psoriasis is classified into five types – plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type which represents almost 90 percent of Psoriasis cases. It develops red patches with white scales on different body parts such as back, forearmed and scalp. Guttate psoriasis develops drop-shaped lesions which are itchy and painful at times. Inverse psoriasis usually develops red patches on skin folds. Pustular psoriasis develops blisters that form non-infectious puss. Lastly, Erhthrodermic psoriasis occurs when the condition becomes severe. Red patches develop almost all over the body including toenails and scalp.
There many symptoms, which depend on the type of Psoriasis you are suffering from.
• Development of red patches which usually come with flaky scales. In severe cases, these patches are extremely itchy and can possibly bleed. The patches can also merge with other patches to cover a larger area.
• Discoloration of the finger and toe nails. In severe cases, the nails can detach from the nail bed.
• Formation of scales on the scalp
• Small scaly patches that can be itchy. These are common in children
• Swollen and stiffed muscles and joints
The primary cause of Psoriasis is not clear or not fully known. However, it is scientifically linked with the autoimmune deficiency of skin cells. There are many factors that can trigger Psoriasis, which include emotional stress and various types of infection. Below are some of the mist common symptoms:
• Skin or throat infection
• Taking of certain drugs or medications that can trigger abnormal multiplication of skin cells.
• Cold weather
Natural Home Treatment for Psoriasis
Although there is no specific treatment for Psoriasis, there are several effective natural remedies you can do at the comfort of your home to prevent or minimize the symptoms.
1. Proper Diet
One of the most common causes of Psoriasis is eating food items that contain high levels of fats, cholesterol and other harmful substances. To prevent abnormal production of skin cells, you must always eat healthy food such as vegetables and fruits. These healthy food alternatives provide a wide array of vitamins and minerals that are good for the skin. Papaya, apple, lemon and oranges are loaded with vitamin C and E, both do wonders to the skin.
Furthermore, fruits and vegetables provide anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties that minimize the risks of Psoriasis such as extreme itching and infection of the skin. Eat slices of these fruits every morning and before going to sleep. You can also blend small portions and mix with shaved ice and 1 teaspoon of honey.
Another effective method is by taking vitamin C and E supplement. However, it is important to first consult your doctor for proper daily dosage to prevent developing further complications. There are some medicines that can interfere or worsen pre-existing conditions such as Psoriasis.
2. Always Keep your Skin Moisturized
Having dry skin can lead to Psoriasis. Aside from keeping your skin always clean by taking daily showers and washing with non-drying cleaning agents, you must also moisturize regularly. Keeping your skin’s proper hydration level prevents flaking and other skin issues. One of the most effective natural moisturizers is Aloe Vera, which is also packed with calming and soothing properties that are perfect for itching and flaking caused by Psoriasis.
Squeeze the juice or extract of 3 large aloe Vera leaves and apply directly to the affected area. Leave for a few hours before wiping off. Apply twice a day – every morning and before going to bed. You can also opt for commercially made aloe Vera lotions and creams that are available in drugstores or supermarkets. Just make sure to pick brands that contain natural ingredients to prevent the possibility of skin irritation.
Another effective natural moisturizer is coconut oil, which is packed with antibacterial and soothing properties. Apply virgin coconut oil on the affected area in the morning and before going to bed. Due to its popularity as an effective natural treatment for various skin issues, this healthy oil is readily available in supermarkets. Aside from using topically, you can also directly consume a teaspoon of coconut oil preferably in the morning. The antibacterial and antioxidant properties will minimize Psoriasis symptoms such as extreme itch and possible infection due to bleeding, while also keeping the skin hydrated.
3. Avoid Stress
One of the most overlooked factors of Psoriasis is stress. Both emotional and physical stress can largely contribute to various types of skin issues. When exposed to constant stress, the body will experience irregular blood and air flow, thus also disrupting the proper balance of the skin cells.
An effective way to reduce stress is to make sure you get 8 hours of daily sleep. Aside from resting the mind and body, complete sleep allows normal repair and production of skin cells. In addition to sleep, daily exercises will also minimize stress.
One of the easiest exercises is brisk walking or light jogging, preferably in the morning before going to work or at night before going to sleep. Another exercise alternative is through yoga sessions, which effectively relaxes the mind and mind. There are specific yoga techniques that target stress in the body so make sure to learn them.
4. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking
Studies showed that people who regularly drank alcohol are more at risk to developing Psoriasis compared to non-drinkers. In addition, people who drank 5 or more beers per week are more prone to Psoriasis.
Instead of beer, opt for healthier drinks such as fruit shakes. Furthermore, drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water will effectively keep your skin hydrated and moisturized, thus minimizing the risk of Psoriasis.
Aside from alcohol, cigagarte smoking has also been proven to contribute to Psoriasis ad other skin issues.
Turmeric is rich with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are powerful in preventing and curing Psoriasis. For people suffering from severe itching and swelling of the skin due to Psoriasis, regular consumption of turmeric has been proven to effectively minimize chronic flare-ups and swelling. The soothing properties also minimize itch and pain on the affected area.
The recommend daily intake of turmeric is 1.5 to 3 grams daily. To prepare as a tea, mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with a glass of hot water. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon. Stir well. Drink during breakfast and before going to bed.
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