Lifestyle And Home Remedies For Relieving Psoriasis
Psoriasis or psoriasis vulgaris is a lifelong chronic skin disorder that is characterized by spotty red and scaly marks and is usually hot and itchy to touch. The human skin cell has its ability to self-replace called exfoliation. For a normal person, the skin cells grow and flake in a matter of three to four weeks. What happens is that the dead skin cells are being shed and is replaced by new skin cell as the outer layer of the skin. People with psoriasis exfoliate too fast; they have a relatively faster cell growth resulting in white or bright red patches of the skin called plaques.
Studies show that psoriasis occurs when there is an over reactive response of the immune system causing the flaking and inflammation of the skin. Psoriasis is not contagious though. One cannot catch psoriasis just by having skin-to-skin contact with people with psoriasis. However, expert tells us that it is hereditary. It may run in the family and can be passed on from generation to generation. Psoriasis can flare up and worsen during cold and dry season, due to stress, and/or blood infection. The flaring up can also be triggered by taking up certain medicines that could cause the immune system to overreact.
There are no known medicinal or surgical cures for treating psoriasis as of today. However, it is good to know that there are some home remedies to relieve psoriasis or at least have it under control. If you already have psoriasis you might have been tried one or more of these suggestions or if you know someone having psoriasis, you can pass on the message. The good news is that expert says that there is, although not big, scientific evidence that the following home remedies for treating psoriasis works as a temporary relief.
1. Fish oil. Fish oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acid, boosts up immune system and is known as heart-friendly supplement. Breaking it down, omega-3 fatty acid helps reduce the inflammation, the root cause of flaring up of psoriasis. And since psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, consuming the right amount of fish oil gives us that natural immune system boost. This home remedy is easy to do as we can find fish oil in food markets and over-the-counter in drugstores.
2. Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera can help reduce the flaking or scaling and the redness of psoriasis affected part of the skin. This home remedy for relieving psoriasis is very easy to use. Just peel of a piece of Aloe Vera leaf and apply it on the skin up to three times a day. If you do not have Aloe Vera plant at home, you may look for topical over-the-counter creams with 0.5% aloe content. Of course the more aloe concentration the better.
3. Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a very versatile topical solution to various skin problems. It is considered as the nature’s best skin soother. Although there are no scientific findings about its ability to completely cure psoriasis, many psoriasis patients use oatmeal to relieve the itchiness and it also helps in lessening the redness. Just apply cold, cooked oatmeal over the skin and leave it there for 30 to 45 minutes. Rinse well with water. Some even take an oatmeal bath for better relief.
The above mentioned home remedies for relieving psoriasis are just three of the most common topical preventive measure of further inflaming psoriasis. Studies show that a complete lifestyle change guarantees better and long lasting result. Before opting for these options, consult your doctor first to make sure that they are safe for you and will not cause you more damage.
Take daily baths as it helps in removing the scales and relieves the inflammation of the skin. Try to avoid bathing hot water and using soaps with active ingredients. Opt for soaps made with natural ingredients. Also, avoid wearing perfumes or cologne that could irritate the skin. Always use moisturizer as it prevents the flaking of the skin. Try to expose your skin to a healthy amount of morning sunshine. Use sun block creams with minimum SPF of at least 30. Controlled amount of sunlight effectively improve the lesions. Just be mindful of the amount of time you stay under the sun as overexposure may result to flaring up. Keep in mind what foods trigger the flaring up of the psoriasis. Do take note of that and remember that consuming these trigger foods can worsen your condition.