I’ve tried almost everything over the counter products such as changing my shampoo to something milder, baby lotion, olive oil, petroleum jelly, oatmeal soaks, and plain oatmeal.
It stings and it’s worse on one side of my lower neck, around the hair line. It’s also up in my scalp. I’ve also used Coal Tar and Soothing Menthol. It works for a little while, then comes back. It’s a never ending battle for this, it’s really driving me crazy and now I have to wear gloves to keep from scratching my scales. I know it’s pretty terrible to bear when you’ve got these silvery scales and red raised bumps from the scales.
I’m on Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc. I’ve noticed a change in my strength in one of my arms that has had surgery. Much more stronger now. I hope the zinc works for my immune system. I was taking fish oil, but I was in the bathroom most of the time from it.
What are your suggestions? I’m willing to try something until I can get to a doctor. I’m strengthening my immune system because it’s an autoimmune disease and it’s not AIDS or anything around it. Psoriasis isn’t contagious luckily.
Petroleum jelly doesn’t work so I found hydrocortisone cream works to stop the itch. Now I’m using baby lotion to moisturize. I’ll try some of those remedies.
Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments for psoriasis from the Internet – some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they stay clear for months on end.
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I have psorasis on the bottom of my feet, my thumb, and scalp. It flares up in the winter and usually gets better in the summer. I do not have insurance right now and have been using over the counter meds to help. Does anyone have any suggestions of how they help their psorasis?
I have been using sycilic acid for my foot and vasaline has been working wonders for the drying and cracking.
I have heard that fish oil supplements that are taken daily will help. Has anyone heard of this?
The main cause of psoriasis is overreaction of the immune system. I try to eat healthy food and avoid stress as much as I can in order to prevent flare-ups.
After using number of prescription drugs I’ve turned to the natural treatments.
Now I use herbal remedies from serenaskin.com, which aim at the root of the disease – the immune system, and are steroid-free.
After about 2 weeks of using ointment and spray my skin has been cleared up and now I just continue with anti-psoriasis extract, which controls the immune system. My skin has been clear for months now.
It is the only treatment I have found that provides me complete relief when I use it as directed.
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How to avoid Psoriasis
Psoriasis affects 7.5 million people all across the US. As much as 2 or 3% of the global population is affected by Psoriasis. While it is a fact that certain medications, weather conditions, lifestyle habits and infections can trigger Psoriasis, an individual can prevent Psoriasis by following certain things.
Strengthening immune system- A weak immune system makes a person more susceptible to Psoriasis. This is why strengthening the immunity is crucial. By incorporating a balanced diet comprising, fruits, vegetables, proteins, fats and carbohydrates, a person can boost the power of the immune system. In addition, ensuring adequate rest and a minimum of 7-8 hours of rest everyday will also help. Keeping oneself hydrated by drinking lots of water everyday is also a good way to fight infection in the body. By eating certain foods like the Gooseberry, a person can keep the immune system strong and fight infection. This can prevent Psoriasis and any kind of skin inflammation.
Knowledge of trigger factors- By carefully observing what trigger factors cause Psoriasis in an individual, a person can keep Psoriasis at bay. In most cases, it may not be practical to avoid all triggers. However, knowledge of these factors can help the person proactively change their lifestyle or habits.
Quitting smoking- Smoking is known to be a trigger factor for Plaque and Pustular Psoriasis. By reducing or quitting smoking, the person can avoid Psoriasis flare-ups. In addition, it maybe noted that supplements or nicotine patches can also act as triggers for Psoriasis. Ideally, nicotine patches and smoking should be avoided.
Avoiding drinking- Alcohol consumption is a major trigger of Psoriasis. It can also hamper the effectiveness of existing treatments of Psoriasis. In addition, if the person is already consuming Methotrexate, then alcohol should be avoided at all costs. There can be fatal consequences and side effects because of the reaction of the drug and the alcohol.
Relaxation techniques- Stress is one of the biggest triggers of Psoriasis. By reducing stress a person can help avoid Psoriasis. Various techniques can be leveraged to combat stress. Various techniques such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing etc. can help a person relax. In addition, regular exercise, participation in counseling sessions and support groups can also help. By interacting with other patients who have Psoriasis, the individual can feel less stressed about the condition.
Avoidance of scratching- Scratching the areas infected with Psoriasis can worsen symptoms. It can also induce spread of more infection as germs from the fingernails can contaminate the region. Cold compresses can alleviate the condition dramatically. Usage of antiseptic moisturizers as well as taking lukewarm water baths can also help. It is best to avoid excessively hot water as it can aggravate the skin and worsen the Psoriasis infection. Using very hot water on Psoriasis affected skin can cause histamine reactions. This leads to more itchiness in the area. Usage of soap is also not advisable as it dries the skin. Instead, using a cream-based or mild cleanser is recommended. This helps cleanse the skin of impurities and infection without drying the skin. Dry skin is also susceptible to infection of Psoriasis and this should be avoided. Gently patting the Psoriasis affected area dry after a bath will prevent the tendency to rub or scratch the area. This curtails itching as well.
Protection- Usage of sunscreens is recommended while venturing into the sun. Sunburns can trigger Psoriasis. Wearing protective cotton clothing also helps curtail spread of Psoriasis.
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