Controlling Symptoms of Psoriasis
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Controlling Symptoms of Psoriasis

Learn to control the symptoms of psoriasis at home with proper eating, exercise and stress management. By being thoughtful in your daily choices, proactive in your knowledge of psoriasis and by seeking reliable medical advice from a trusted health care provider, a psoriasis sufferer has a great chance of living a normal, healthy life.

Psoriasis affects millions every year and is recognized by unsightly lesions on the surface of the skin. It not only spoils the appearance of the skin but can have an emotionally crippling effect on the sufferer. Many affected with the disease experience depression. Since there is no known cure for psoriasis, learning to control symptoms is essential in helping an individual live a normal, healthy life. Seeking professional medical advice is highly recommended. 

WHAT IS PSORIASIS?

Psoriasis is a disease that is non-infectious but chronic. There appears to be a genetic factor, affecting men, women and children alike. One theory is that T cells (a type of white blood cells) which generally shield the body against illness, become overactive and mistakenly attack healthy cells. This causes inflammation and the rapid production of skin cells.  

TYPES OF PSORIASIS

  • Plague Psoriasis is the most common variety and affects over eighty percent of sufferers. It is identified as red lesions covered by silvery scales.
  • Guttate Psoriasis is recognized by small red lesions. This type is usually triggered by a streptococcal infection and has been known to go away and not come back unless an infection reoccurs.
  • Pustular psoriasis is more uncommon and identified mainly by raised bumps on the skin that are filled with pustules. 
  • Inverse Psoriasis is characterized by red, smooth patches mostly found in the folds of the skin. It is aggravated by sweat and skin rubbing together.
  • Nail psoriasis affects the fingernails and toenails.
  • Psoriasis of the Scalp can be mistaken for seborrheic dermatitis. The scalp may have dry scaly skin or hevy thick plaque.
  • Psoriatic Arthritis is a condition in which an individual has both psoriasis and arthritis.Psoriatic Arthritis is a condition in which an individual has both psoriasis and arthritis.
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis is the most serious form of psoriasis as it affects a very large area of the body. The skin may be covered in a burning or itching inflamed rash which can increase blood flow and can put a strain on the heart.

CONTROLLING SYMPTOMS

Symptoms may seem to vanish or flare for no apparent reason but can worsen due to stress, skin trauma, climate change and certain types of medications. Here are a few suggestions that would be worth asking your doctor about:

Take warm baths to help soften skin. Try adding oatmeal, Epsom salts or lavender oil to help soothe irritated skin. Soak for 20 minutes. Avoid hot water.

Use a lufah sponge to help remove plaque. After a bath, very gently rub areas with a lufah or skin brush. Do not scrub as it may irritate the skin and worsen the condition.

Use an effective moisturizer. While your skin is still moist, apply a moisturizer. Reapply during the day as needed. Avoid scented products.

Honey may help relieve inflammation. Some people believe honey can help relieve inflammation. Honey is also a natural humectant which helps promote the hydration of the skin.  After a bath, while still damp, apply a small amount of honey to dry areas. Pat gently then add a moisturizer.

Infrared Sauna treatments. Some research promotes infrared sauna treatments. Treatments are helpful in removing toxins from the body and therefore help to relieve symptoms of the psoriasis sufferer.

Sun exposure is important. A little sunlight, a few times per week can help stimulate your body’s production of vitamin D and help improve lesions. Be careful to avoid overexposure which can trigger an outbreak. Make sure to protect your skin with an SPF of at least 30. If you have a severe outbreak you may want to ask your doctor about Phototherapy.

Medicated treatments. Treatment can include topical ointments of salicylic acids, corticosteroids, retinoids, coal tar or steroid-based creams. See your doctor for recommendations.

Increase Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids. Opt for moleculary distilled.  

Eat a healthy diet. Do not underestimate the power of a healthy diet. Keep a food diary to see if you notice if your symptoms improve or worsen with your diet. 

Foods you may want to avoid:

  • Sugar
  • Inflammatory foods
  • Fast food & fried foods
  • Soda
  • Refined flour products
  • Tomatoes
  • Red Meat
  • Dairy
  • Food with high oil content
  • Wheat, Gluten

Foods to consider adding to your diet:

  • Olive oil
  • Plenty of water
  • Anti-inflammatory foods
  • Dark, green, leafy vegetables
  • Food high in zinc (deficiencies can be common in patients with psoriasis)
  • Whole foods
  • Fish

Avoid overeating, alcohol and drugs. Overeating, alcohol and drugs can impair normal liver function. The liver detoxifies the blood and when this organ is overstressed, levels of toxins can increase in the blood and can aggravate psoriasis.

Avoid stress. Learning to manage stress is crucial because stress can trigger outbreaks. Consider these things that may help control stress in your life:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Consider deep breathing exercises and meditation
  • Eat healthy
  • Get enough sleep
  • Learn to forgive
  • Learn to share your feeling in an appropriate manner
  • Avoid the stressor if possible
  • Focus on the positive and be careful of stress-inducing thoughts
  • Manage time better
  • Learn to say no
  • Spend quality time with loved ones
  • Make sure you take the time to laugh

Home remedies that might be worth the research: Aloe Vera Gel, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice.  It is important to be diagnosed correctly by a trusted physician before deciding on any course of treatment.

To learn more visit: http://www.psoriasis.org/i-have-psoriasis

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