Psoriasis

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches.  Psoriasis is thought to be an immune system problem.  Triggers include infections, stress and cold.

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What are the symptoms of Psoriasis?

  1. Red patches on skin.
  2. Small scaling spots.
  3. Cracked skin.
  4. Itching.
  5. Soreness.
  6. Thickened nails.
  7. Swollen and stiff joints.

What are the types of Psoriasis?

  1. Plaque psoriasis.  It is the most common form and it appears as red raised patches covered with a silvery white dead skin cells. These patches or plaques often appear on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. They are often itchy and painful, and they can crack and bleed.
  2. Guttate psoriasis.  This shows up on your skin as scaly, red, small, teardrop-shaped spots. It is an autoimmune disease.
  3. Inverse psoriasis.  It is a painful and difficult type of psoriasis that raise in the skin folds like armpits, genitals, and under the breasts or buttocks. It is also called flexures or flexural psoriasis.
  4. Erythrodermic psoriasis.  It is a very severe skin condition and it can be the result of many inflammatory skin conditions, drugs and malignancies.
  5. Nail psoriasis.  Psoriasis can also affect the fingernails and toenails, leading to thick fingernails with pitting, ridges in the nails, nail lifting away from the nail bed, and irregular contour of the nail.
  6. Scalp psoriasis.  It is a common skin disorder that makes reddish raised scaly patches. It does not spread from one person to another, but it arise in one place and spread to the entire scalp, forehead, back of the neck, or behind and inside the ears.
  7. Pustular psoriasis.  It is a rare skin disease. It is a red pus-filled painful bump. People in all ages get pustular psoriasis.

First follow the simple things mentioned below to prevent from psoriasis:

  1. Balanced diet.
  2. Bath regularly.
  3. Keep moisturized skin.
  4. Avoid fragrances.
  5. Reduce stress.
  6. Avoid alcohol.
  7. Stop smoking.
  8. Try turmeric bath.

6 Simple home remedies for psoriasis:

It is a challenge to treat psoriasis, because it is unpredictable and recurrent. There is no exact cure to totally free the person from the disease; however there are treatments like topical agents specifically target the symptoms of psoriasis.

Apple cider vinegar 

Apple Cider Vinegar for Psoriasis

How it helps?

Apple cider vinegar also helps to reduce itchiness and inflammation.

Things you need:
  • Apple cider vinegar.
  • Water.
  • Cotton ball.
How to apply?
  • Mix equal quantity for apple cider vinegar with water.
  • Apply this mixture on the affected area with a cotton ball.
  • Leave it for 30 minutes and wipe it off with a damp cotton cloth.
How often to repeat this process?

Follow this for few weeks to get better result.

 

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera for Psoriasis

How it helps?

Aloe vera helps to restore pH balance and prevents from skin irritation.

Things you need:

Fresh aloe vera gel.

How to apply?
  • Take the aloe vera gel and wash it thoroughly until you get the clear gel.
  • Apply this gel on the affected area often like applying a moisturizer.

Also you can swallow a small piece of aloe vera gel regularly to have glowing skin forever.

 

Turmeric

How it helps?

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties.  It kills the infection causing fungus.

Turmeric for Psoriasis

Things you need:
  • Turmeric powder.
  • Water.
How to apply?
  • Take 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric powder.
  • Make a thick paste with water or coconut oil.
  • Apply it on the affected area.
  • Leave it to dry and gently wipe it off.

Also

  • Drink turmeric water or turmeric tea to have internal health benefits once per day.
How often to repeat this process?

Repeat this 3 times per day.

 

Oatmeal 

Oatmeal for Psoriasis

How it helps?

Oatmeal is an anti-inflammatory agent and it also helps to reduce itchiness.

 Things you need:
  • Powdered oatmeal.
  • Lukewarm water.
How to apply?
  • Mix one cup of fine powdered oatmeal in lukewarm water.
  • Make it as a thick paste.
  • Apply this all over your body or the affected area.
  • Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
How often to repeat this process?

Repeat this remedy once daily for one month.

Neem

Neem for Psoriasis

How it helps?

Neem has aspirin-like compound that helps rid the skin of bacteria.  It also helps to reduce redness and inflammation.

Things you need:
  • Neem powder.
  • Aloe vera gel.
How to apply?
  • Take 1tsp of neem powder and make paste with 1 tsp of aloe vera gel.
  • Apply this mixture on the affected area.
  • Leave it to dry.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water.
How often to repeat this process?

Do this once a day.

Amla

Amla for Psoriasis

How it helps?
  • Amla is very helpful to improve immunity.
  • Katuki is an antiinflammatory.
  • Manjistha purifies the blood and helps to get rid of acne.
Things you need:
  • Amla powder 1 tsp.
  • Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa – botanical name) 1 tsp.
  • Manjistha (Rubia Cordifolia – botanical name) 1 tsp.
  • Water.
How to apply?
  • Mix amla powder 1 tsp, Katuki powder 1 tsp and Manjistha powder 1 tsp with water.
  • Make it as a thick paste.
  • Apply this paste on the affected area.
  • Leave it to dry.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water.
How often to repeat this process?

Do this once a day.

Sea Salt

The use of sea water has been long proven effective to clean the skin and detoxify the body.  It can also provide therapeutic effects to people with psoriasis.  Sea salt bath is recommended for people with skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema. There are also available salt bag that you can use every day together with other psoriasis home remedies.

Exercise

People need to consider is that psoriasis indirectly affects the joints.  To avoid inflammation of the joints there are gentle exercises that can help to improve the strength in the range of motion of the joints. Swimming is the best form of exercise for psoriasis.

Nails

Fingernails and toenails are also often affected by psoriasis.  Some nails slowly detach from the nail bed and causes fungi.  Trimming the nails can also prevent scratching especially when sleeping.  To prevent damaging the nails further, it is best to moisturize the thickened toe nails.

 

Food to avoid:

Limit alcohol.

Avoid spicy foods.

 

Food to add:

Fruits and veggies, especially berries, cherries, and leafy greens.

Antioxidant-rich herbs and spices, like thyme, sage, cumin, and ginger.

Salmon, sardines, and other fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Heart-healthy sources of fat, like olive oil, seeds, and nuts.