Home Remedies for Psoriasis

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In simple terms, psoriasis definition would be that it is an autoimmune disease, which targets the body’s defense system by attacking the healthy white blood cells present in the body. This results in the skin cells to mature and die at an abnormally fast rate relatively to the normal 4 weeks period where the skin cells grow and flake out on their own. This rapid process builds up and forms a thick red, white to silvery patches of dead skin cells called scales.

Is Psoriasis Contagious?

It is often questioned whether psoriasis is a contagious disease? The fact is that it is not contagious as psoriasis lesions are not infectious. It is an autoimmune skin disorder.

What Causes Psoriasis?

The causes of psoriasis can differ from person to person and sometimes even depend on upon the lifestyle of people.

Some of the common causes of psoriasis are listed below:

  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Hereditary causes
  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Severe sunburn
  • Cold weather
  • Bug bite
  • Certain medication used to treat bipolar disorder, high blood pressure, anti-malarial drugs

Symptoms of Psoriasis

The signs and symptoms of psoriasis can vary depending on the types of psoriasis. Some of the types of psoriasis and their symptoms are mentioned below.

Plaque Psoriasis

  • This type of psoriasis is usually found in areas like elbows, lower back, knees, scalp and sometimes can appear anywhere on the skin’s surface
  • Raised and inflamed red patches with silvery white scales
  • Soreness
  • Itching and burning sensation
  • Dry cracks on the skin and in severe cases the cracks can bleed as well

Guttate Psoriasis

  • Plaques appear like red small dots
  • The plaques appear throughout the body like chest, arms, legs and scalp except on the soles of the feet and on the palms of the hands

Inverse Psoriasis

  • Inflamed, bright red, smooth patches of the skin
  • Severe itching sensation
  • This type of psoriasis aggravates when the skin folds are rubbed together
  • Aggravates through sweating
  • Obesity
  • Commonly occurs in areas like armpits, groin, skin under the breasts and on the skin between the buttocks

Scalp Psoriasis

  • Red patches with thick silvery white scales
  • Severe hair loss
  • Affected areas are whole scalp or parts of the scalp and the back of the head
  • Extremely itchy sensation

Nail Psoriasis

  • Yellow-red nail discoloration
  • Pits in finger nails or toe nails
  • Lines across nails
  • Flaking
  • Nail separation from nail bed
  • Fungal infection in nails
  • Inflammation in the folds of the tissues around the nails

Pustular Psoriasis

  • Pus-filled lesions
  • Spreads across a wide area or small area of the skin
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Vomiting

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

  • Fiery red rash spread over most of the body
  • Intense itching, flaking and inflammation
  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • Body temperature decreases

Psoriasis Arthritis

  • Swollen finger and toes
  • Lower back pain
  • Warm, painful and swollen joints
  • Foot pain
  • Difficulty in movement at the affected joints
  • Stiffness
  • Red rash with white and silvery flaky scales on skin’s surface
  • Redness of the eyes with light sensitivity

Home Remedies for Psoriasis:

Psoriasis medication, topical application of ointment and creams may seem like an easy way to get rid of this skin disorder but often the underlying issue of psoriasis is left untreated. Sometimes the prescribed medicines may even cause side effects and complications too. This is when one needs to look for easy home remedies for psoriasis, which will provide them with long-term relief and even avoids the possibilities of reoccurrence of this skin disorder.

1. Turmeric

TurmericTurmeric is a powerful herb, rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties as it has an active ingredient called curcumin. This ingredient is helpful in treating and minimizing the signs of psoriasis and psoriasis arthritis.

Things we need:

  • Turmeric -1 tsp
  • Water – 1tbsp
  • A bowl
  • A clean cloth

Process:

  1. Take 1 tsp of turmeric in a bowl.
  2. Add 1 tbsp of water to the turmeric and mix well to form a thick smooth paste.
  3. Apply a thin layer of this turmeric paste on psoriasis affected area before going to bed.
  4. Wrap the affected area with a clean cloth to keep the turmeric intact in the place for the whole night.
  5. Next day morning remove the cloth and wash the area with warm water.
  6. Follow this process every day till you get complete relief from psoriasis.

Apart from those psoriatic patients can intake turmeric extract capsules twice a day after meals. Alternatively one can even include turmeric powder in food preparations to get relief from the different psoriasis symptoms. It is even recommended to intake a turmeric extract capsule as it has more amounts of active curcumin than turmeric powder, which we take in our daily diet.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe VeraAloe vera gel is known for its skin soothing, antibacterial and moisturizing properties, which helps in healing the dry skin, reducing the redness and scaling signs of psoriasis. Aloe vera gel has even been proven to clear psoriasis scales faster and to reduce the infection to a large extent.

Things we need:

  • Aloe vera leaf
  • A plastic sheet
  • A spoon
  • A knife

Process:

  1. Slit open an aloe vera leaf with a knife.
  2. Remove the fresh aloe vera gel from the aloe vera leaf with the help of a spoon.
  3. Apply this gel liberally on the infected area of psoriasis.
  4. Later wrap the infected area with a plastic sheet for letting the moisture seep into the skin and retain the moisture in the skin for a longer period of time. This process with heal the dry and the inflamed skin, and reduce the scaling as well.
  5. Follow this procedure 3 times a day or until you get substantial relief from psoriasis.

3. Dead Sea Salt

Dead Sea salt is well known for its therapeutic and healing properties since ages as it has a rich mineral base. It is even recommended by the national psoriasis foundation that a soak in Dead Sea salt- infused warm water helps in alleviating the itching sensation and removes scales caused due to psoriasis.

Things we need:

  1. Warm water
  2. Dead Sea salt- 1 tsp
  3. A fragrance-free moisturizer

Process:

  1. Fill the bathtub with warm water and make sure that the water is lukewarm.
  2. Add the Dead Sea salts to the water and stir it well with your hand to dissolve the salt properly. Later soak your body in the warm Dead Sea salt-infused water for 15 minutes.
  3. Later have a shower as usual to remove the salt and dead skin cell residue.
  4. After a shower, it is a must to apply a moisturizer liberally all over the infected area for speeding the skin’s healing process.
  5. This process can be repeated for minimum 3 days for noticing the sign of improvement in the skin or until the recovery process is completed.

[Also Read:Home Remedies for Scalp Psoriasis]

4. Oats

OatmealOats is a natural skin soother and is proven to be beneficial for psoriasis treatment. Its use treats itchy skin and reduces the rash and redness that occur due to psoriasis.

Things we need:

  • Oats- 1 cup
  • Water- ½ cup
  • A damp washcloth

Process:

  1. Grind oats and water together in a blender till the mix forms a fine paste.
  2. Apply this paste on the affected area and make sure that the paste is not thick or too runny.
  3. Let this application be on the skin for 15 minutes.
  4. Wipe off the paste with a damp washcloth while the paste is still moist because this will help in not stretching the affected area further and remove the paste easily.
  5. This procedure can be repeated thrice a week or until one notices improvement in the psoriasis

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider VinegarApple cider vinegar is popular for its anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. It is used for soothing severe skin burns since ages. For these properties apple cider vinegar is regarded as one of the most suggested treatments for various types of psoriasis, such as scalp psoriasis, plaque psoriasis, nail psoriasis and erythrodermic psoriasis.

Method 1: Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Rinse

Things we need:

  • Apple cider vinegar- 1 cup
  • Warm water- 1 cup

Process:

  1. Take the 1-to-1 ratio of warm water and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Mix this well.
  3. Wash your scalp with this solution for getting rid of the burning and itching sensation caused by scalp psoriasis.
  4. This process can be repeated thrice a week for long term relief.

Method 2: Apple Cider Vinegar Bath Soak

Things we need:

  • Apple cider vinegar- 1 cup
  • Warm water- 1 gallon

Process:

  1. Fill in the bath tub with 1 gallon of warm water.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar to the water.
  3. Soak yourself in the water for 15 minutes or wash the infected area with this water solution.
  4. Later wipe yourself dry and moisturize the skin well.
  5. This process can be repeated once a day for 3 days or more for faster recovery from plaque psoriasis or erythrodermic psoriasis.

Method 3: Apple Cider Vinegar for Nail Psoriasis

Things we need:

  • Apple cider vinegar- 1cup
  • Cotton balls- 2 to 3

Process:

  1. Take a bowl and fill it up with apple cider vinegar.
  2. Soak your fingernails or toenails in the vinegar for 15 minutes.
  3. One can alternatively use cotton balls soaked in apple cider vinegar for the application on the infected nails.
  4. Later rinse with plain water and wipe dry the fingernails and toenails.
  5. This process can be repeated thrice a week for relief from nail psoriasis infection.

[Also Read:How To Get Rid of Dry Scalp Naturally]

6. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has potent antiseptic qualities, which are beneficial for treating the skin problems and infections related to scalp psoriasis, psoriasis on face or plaque psoriasis. Tea tree oil application is an easiest and the most effective home remedy for removing the dry and dead cells for alleviating the skin’s natural healing process.

Things we need:

  • Tea tree oil- 1tsp
  • Washcloth- 1
  • Warm water- ½ cup

Process:

  1. Take 1 tsp of tea tree oil on your finger tips and apply it gently on psoriasis affected area.
  2. Do not massage the skin with pressure as it can aggravate the signs of psoriasis.
  3. Let the tea tree oil get soaked by the skin for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Later take a washcloth and dip it in ½ cup of warm water and squeeze out the excess water.
  5. Then gently wipe out the excess oil from the infected skin so that the skin doesn’t attract dust.
  6. Repeat this process for three days to treat psoriasis

7. Coconut Oil

Coconut OilMany people aren’t aware that coconut oil has many benefits as it contains qualities like antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory qualities. This oil is even very beneficial for boosting the immune system of the body. It also significantly improves the count of white blood cells in the body. Thus, consuming coconut oil is known to eliminate the causes of psoriasis significantly. For such possessions, coconut oil is an apt natural cure for different types of psoriasis.

Method 1: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Things we need:

  • Extra virgin coconut oil- quantity as per the requirement

Process:

  • Consuming 1tps of extra virgin coconut oil twice a day for 3 to 4 days can reduce and completely cure the different types of psoriasis.
  • One can even apply warm extra virgin coconut oil on the scalp for treating itching and burning sensation in psoriasis scalp.

Method 2: Coconut Oil Soak

Things we need:

  • Coconut oil- 2 tsp
  • Milk- 1 glass
  • Epsom salt- 1 tbsp.
  • Water- 1 gallon

Process:

  1. Fill the bath tub with warm water.
  2. Then add 2 tsp of coconut oil into a glass of milk and pour this oil and milk solution into the warm water.
  3. Later add the Epsom salt to the water and let it dissolve in the water completely (adding Epsom salt will benefit in providing extra healing element for psoriasis affected skin).
  4. Soak in this water solution for 15 minutes or wash the affected area with this water for relief from skin inflammation and dry skin.
  5. Lastly, shower with plain water and pat dry your skin.
  6. This procedure can be repeated once in a day for 3weeks to treat this skin disorder naturally.

8. Fish Oil

Fish OilFish oil is one of the most common home remedies for psoriasis. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acid, which is beneficial for reducing the inflammation, the main symptom of psoriasis. Omega-3 fatty acid is even an immunity booster, thus considered as a natural remedy for providing relief from the symptoms of psoriasis. One can intake fish oil supplements orally or include few servings of fish like salmon, tuna or other fishes that are rich in omega- 3 fatty acids, in their daily diet.

Tips to Prevent Psoriasis Issues:

Although the main reason for this chronic autoimmune disease is not known but some of the culprits like obesity, poor personal hygiene, and irregular lifestyle habits are considered as psoriasis triggers. So the best alternative to eliminate different types of psoriasis is following these few helpful tips:

  • Dry skin can aggravate psoriasis symptoms so keep the skin well moisturized. For moisturizing purpose make sure to use only fragrance and chemical-free moisturizer
  • Maintain good personal hygiene as lack of hygiene can make this skin disorder worse.
  • Stay hydrated and consume lots of fluids.
  • Exposure to sunlight is the cheapest and easiest alternative for psoriasis arthritis treatment and many other types of psoriasis as exposure to sunlight increases the production of Vitamin-D for treating psoriasis.
  • Exercise and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Avoid excessive smoking and alcohol consumption as these can worsen the psoriasis
  • Avoid red meat and gluten-based food products as these foods can aggravate the skin condition.
  • Consume lots of fresh colorful fruits and vegetables in preventive psoriasis diet as fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants and rich in fiber, which help in keeping the weight under control.

Psoriasis is an embarrassing and a painful skin disorder, which cannot be ignored for a longer period of time. The best respite for psoriasis without prolonging this skin disease is to try the effective and very handy home remedies for psoriasis that are mentioned above.

If the problem persists for a longer period of time, one can prefer to consult a dermatologist or a psoriasis specialist.

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