Healthy at Home Last updated on 2022-03-25 19:20:30
Home Remedy For Psoriasis
- Dr. Sreelekha Daruvuri
- 3 Min Read
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IntroductionHome remedy for psoriasis — Although psoriasis is just a minor irritation for many, it can severely impact the quality of life for those severely affected. It's a lifelong autoimmune skin condition in which the T cells (a type of white blood cell), designed to protect you from infections and disease, mistake the skin as a foreign substance and attack it. This immune response by the T cells causes your skin to become thick, red with silver-white patches called scales that can develop anywhere on the body: scalp, feet, hands, back, or the elbows. There is no cure for psoriasis, but you can effectively manage the symptoms at home through medication, diet, and lifestyle changes. Here are 7 home remedies for mild psoriasis with promising results:
(1) Eat a balanced diet:Food may not necessarily cure or prevent psoriasis, but eating a balanced diet can help relieve symptoms of psoriasis. Include more of essential fatty foods that can help lessen the inflammation. Include the following foods into your diet: - Salmon - Mackerel - Peas - Chickpeas - Beans - Soyabeans - Peanuts - Extra virgin oil - Vegetables - Fruits and - Whole grains These foods can significantly benefit people with psoriasis. The National Psoriasis Foundation also recommends supplements such as fish oil, aloe vera, and Vitamin D to your diet to help ease the symptoms of psoriasis. Read more on 7 Day Diet Plan for a Healthy Life.
(2) Lose weight:Obesity is a risk factor for psoriasis and psoriasis flare-ups. In addition to it, being overweight also increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and diabetes. Following are some low-impact exercises that you can easily do to lose weight at home effectively: - Jumping jacks - Mountain climbers - Power yoga - Lunges - Spot running - Assisted squats Physical workouts help you lose weight, reduce inflammation, stress, improve cardiovascular strength, and help prevent diabetes. Avoid getting injured. Physical injuries such as cuts, bruises, or scratches can induce new flare-ups. Try not to over do
(3) Avoid trigger foods:As much as it's essential to know what to eat, it's also equally important to know what to avoid. Red meat, saturated fats, refined sugars, and excess carbs can trigger psoriasis flare-ups. Avoid alcohol and quit smoking.
(4) Get a little sun:Ultraviolet rays in the sunlight help treat mild to moderate symptoms of psoriasis by reducing the rate of skin growth and shedding. The sunlight helps reduce psoriasis symptoms and makes your body produce more Vitamin D. Consider the following guidelines when stepping out in the sun: - Wear sunglasses - Apply sunscreen to all areas of unaffected skin - Step out when the sun is at its strongest for not more than ten minutes. Although sunlight is beneficial, you should also be wary of sunburns which can cause new psoriasis flare-ups.
(5) Aloe vera:Applying aloe vera over the affected skin helps effectively reduce redness and irritation caused by psoriasis. Though more research is needed, few studies have shown benefits. To use aloe vera, apply a cream with aloe vera gel to the affected area of the skin. You may have to do this several times a day for a few weeks to notice a difference.
(6) Try turmeric:Even though there have not been large clinical trials on the use of turmeric in treating psoriasis, smaller studies have shown that using turmeric gel can help alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis. Also, in another experiment conducted by Miguel Carrion-Gutierrez and his team in 2015 on patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, they found that a combination of turmeric extracts (taken orally) and visible light therapy helped reduce the severity of psoriasis and hence could be beneficial.
(7) Stress-relieving activitiesStress is another known trigger factor for psoriasis flare-ups. Finding ways to manage what is causing you stress can help you find relief. Meditation, yoga, working out, and practicing breathing exercises are some practical ways to manage your stress levels. Read more on 8 Effective Ways To Relieve & Manage stress.
The TakeawayRemember, there is no one size fits all solution to psoriasis. While some may be okay with a particular home treatment for psoriasis, others may find them unsuitable. While home remedies for scalp psoriasis or psoriasis, in general, may help with mild cases, systemic medication is required for moderate to severe cases. Therefore, please speak with your doctor before seeking treatment on your own. Consult one of our Dermatologists: Doctors for Skin & Hair Treatment
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