I have psoriasis on my knee and I tried using vaseline it only kept it from drying too fast but never relieved the itch which causes it to spread if you scratch it so I was just wondering if anyone know f anything I can use to help get rid of this thank you.
the most important step in controlling psoriasis is to keep skin well moisturized. A big problem with psoriasis is scale buildup, and moisturizers are extremely effective at preventing this. Plain petroleum jelly is a very effective moisturizer. But if you’re buying a commercial moisturizer, those that contain lactic acid, such as LactiCare, seem to work better. Also, Eucerin cream works well as a moisturizer for those with psoriasis.
Moisturize after bathing. To get the most from your moisturizer, apply it within three minutes after leaving the shower or bathtub. We recommend that you pat yourself dry and apply the moisturizer liberally all over your body–not just on plaques. That’s because even ‘clear’ skin in people with psoriasis is drier than in people who don’t have psoriasis. It’s thought that little cracks on dry skin might encourage more psoriasis.
Soak up the sun. Many psoriasis patients are prescribed a specific regimen of ultraviolet light treatments. Getting artificial sunlight from a special lamp or tanning booth can help. An easier and less expensive method is simply to hit the Great Outdoors. “We know that exposure to sunlight is extremely helpful for treating psoriasis,” says David Kalin, M.D., a family practitioner in Largo, Florida. A moderate amount of sunlight enhances the production of vitamin D, which may be effective in controlling psoriasis.
But don’t soak up the booze. Doctors are still trying to find out for sure why alcohol exacerbates psoriasis. They suspect that alcohol increases activity of a certain kind of white blood cell that’s found in psoriasis patients but not in other people. (But it’s also possible that drinkers are just more highly stressed and therefore more prone to psoriasis.)
“Alcohol is a definite problem,” according to Stephen M. Purcell, D.O., chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and assistant clinical professor at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. “It’s best to not drink at all if you have psoriasis.”
Spice up your bath. Bathing is often a catch-22 for those with psoriasis. That’s because soaking in warm water helps soften psoriasis plaques, but it sometimes dries skin and worsens itching. “One way to get the benefits of a bath without the dryness is to add a couple of capfuls of vegetable oil to your bath,” says McNeal. “The best way to do it is to get in the tub first, so your body soaks up the water, and then add the oil.” Another alternative suggested by McNeal: Mix two teaspoons of olive oil in a large glass of milk and add that to your bath.
Be extra careful stepping out of the tub, since oils can make surfaces very slippery. (Be sure to scrub the tub afterward.)
Head to the kitchen to soothe that itchin’. To soothe itching caused by dry skin and psoriasis, dissolve 1/3 cup of baking soda in a gallon of water. Soak a washcloth in the solution, wring it out, and then it apply to the itchy area. Or add a cup of apple cider kitchen vinegar to the water and apply that to the skin.
Cover the cracks with cow cream. If your skin is cracked because of psoriasis–which can cause itching and more plaques–do what dairymen do. “They found that Bag Balm, a product originally used to relieve cracking in cow udders, worked just as well on their cracked hands,” says McNeal. “Then people with psoriasis found it worked great on their dry or cracked skin.” Bag Balm is available at most feed stores; some drugstores may be able to order it.
Take care of mind and body. Stress is a known trigger of psoriasis, so managing your mental state–through exercise, relaxation techniques or whatever mellows you out–is one way to keep your condition under control.
Guard against infection and injury. “Infection may lead to an outbreak or worsen your condition, so it’s important to try to avoid infectious disease,” says Dr. Kalin. New lesions may also appear on injured skin, so try to avoid cuts and scrapes.
Watch what you eat. “Although there are no specific links that have been proven, it appears a diet high in oily fish–such as tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon–helps reduce the itching and inflammation of psoriasis,” says Dr. Lowe.
Avoid certain foods. “Some anecdotal reports suggest patients do better when they reduce or eliminate tomatoes and tomato-based dishes–possibly because of high acidity levels,” says Dr. Kalin. “Also, some of my patients with psoriasis have noticed a decrease in plaques by avoiding or limiting their intake of pork products and other fatty meats as well as caffeine.”
Go electric. If you have plaques on your face, neck, legs or other areas that require shaving, use an electric razor instead of a blade. “An electric razor won’t cut skin as easily, and every time you cut yourself, you risk new lesions,”
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My 15 year old daughter has had psoriasis for almost a year now. It is quite painful. She cant take showers or baths without it hurting. We are not sure what type it is.
Psoriasis and Eczema are similar in underlying problems that cause it. The reason you have Psoriasis or Eczema is most likely an adrenal gland and fat metabolism problem. All the cremes, drugs, and other so called modern day medicine cures are ridiculous and doctors need to go back to school or better yet, change where they went to school. The drug companies that fund these schools prey on the ignorance and end up making a lot of money on this problem. You can get real relief from either of these problems forever and it only takes a few months.
If you are not getting good sleep at night ( 1 – 2 REM sleep periods ), this will not allow your adrenal glands to recharge properly and cause them to not work properly.
You need to eliminate ALL hydrogenated oils and especially genetically modified oils like Canola & Soybean. These are all being genetically altered and wreak havoc with your bodies immune system and fat digestion. Don’t be like a lot of uninformed Americans that eat these “vegetable” oils that are creating huge digestive problems.
Your liver and gall bladder need to be taken care of because if they are not working properly, you will not digest your fats correctly and this will cause the problem. Drugs like the Prednisone will damage your liver and the Magnesium Stearate they put in the tablets will suppress your immune system. If you are eating a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fats, this is a big problem because the low fat diet will cause the bile in your gall bladder to become very viscous and not work properly, hence, not digest your fats properly. You need a diet that is balanced at 30% protein, 40% carbohydrates, and 30% fats to be healthy.
Any scars on the front of your body’s torso could play a big role in this problem because the scar from the episiotomy will reflex to your adrenal glands and reduce the energy to a point where they won’t work properly and cause this problem.
To correct these problems, if it were me, I would do the following and expect results very quickly.
Stop all medications unless your doctor tells you that you cannot stop, but make sure any steroids you have taken or are taking is slowly eliminated if you are taking these. Once you have stopped them, you are going to have to deal with lots of other digestive issues they have messed up.
Buy some “pink sea-salt.” This is salt that contains minerals and other ingredients that will help your problem. Take at least 1/2 teaspoon of this per day.
Any drugs you have taken, killed your intestinal flora and you have Candida Albicans (yeast problem) that you are now going to have to deal with. This has stopped your body from producing “B” vitamins naturally. If you are itching, getting styes, ringworm, etc. that is typical of this problem, this is most likely a good reason for this. It’s not enough to take B vitamin pills to fix this, it won’t, especially if you get the “B” Vitamins in a tablet from from drug stores or health food stores. You need to eat lots of fermented foods, like keifer, sauerkraut, miso (a good brand is Yamabuki), yogurt, etc.
I stongly suggest you go to this web site: www.healthline.cc (not .com) or call them at: (310) 320 – 1123 and order the “Max Stress B” product. I would take 1/4 teaspoon day one, and then increase it daily up to 2 teaspoons after one week. This is a very potent form of “B” Vitamin source that contains the “end chain” B’s and is highly assimilated by the body. This will stop any itching you may have also within a couple days.
I would also purchase from the same company a product called Adrenal Complex. I would take 9 to 12 of these at breakfast each day and NOT after 12:00 noon because it will keep you up at night. I know it sounds like a lot, but you need these herbs to go to work on your deficiencies.
If you follow this routine, you should see very positive results within a few weeks to 2 months and it should not return.
I would also change my diet to heavy omega 3 fatty acid foods such as WILD fish (not farm raised), Beef from grass fed cows (very high in omega 3 fatty acids), unlike the high omega 6 fatty acid garbage beef from grain fed cows sold in commercial grocery stores, flax seed products. Eliminate sugars, especially sodas (even diet sodas), white flour breads. This feeds the Candida and the phosphoric acid in the sodas is binding the calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, etc. preventing absorption.
I would also purchase from that company the Betaine HCL and activator, as well as the digestive enzyme and take 2 to 3 Betaine HCL and 1 to 2 activators and take after each meal, and one digestive enzyme with each meal. I would also purchase the probiotic and take one in the morning and one at night. I would take it with keifer milk. You can take this even if you are lactose intolerant. Additionally, I would go to: www.organicpastures.com and find out local sources or order from them ALL their RAW milk products, including milk, colostrum, raw butter, etc. This is very good for you.
All this will change your life. It really works. Then when you don’t have the symptoms anymore, tell your doctor and educate him on how the body works. I hope he appreciates the advice, because you will not be going to him for medications and his services anymore for this problem.
good luck to you
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i have severe dry skin of the scalp (psoriasis) does anyone know any home rememdies that could calm the itching and flaking
There is no magic cure for scalp psoriasis. Treatment is temporarily effective, and may need to be continued for quite a while.
If you have psoriasis of the scalp, it helps to wash your hair daily.
Moderate sunlight exposure of the scalp is often helpful. Avoid sunburn, since psoriasis may develop in areas of injured skin.
1. First apply tar shampoo such as Tarsum, which is available from us, to the scalp. Rub the liquid into the scalp, then wait 15-20 minutes before showering. If you have light colored hair you may want to use a medicated shampoo instead, such as Head & Shoulders or Sebulex, because tar shampoos can discolor the hair.
2. Next wash the scalp with the Tarsum. If you have light colored hair you may want to use a medicated shampoo instead, such as Head & Shoulders or Sebulex, because tar shampoos can discolor the hair.
3. Your doctor may prescribe a cortisone lotion to rub into your scalp after shampooing or before bed.
4. Sometimes you must take a break from your regimen for a few days because the psoriasis will become resistant to treatment. After pausing for several days, the psoriasis should again respond to treatment.
If all of the above treatments fail, you should warm olive oil on the stove, making sure it is not too hot, and then rub it into your scalp. Next, wrap a towel around your head and let it soak for 30 minutes. Then proceed to step two above.
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