Natural strategies may help alleviate symptoms of psoriasis. These strategies include keeping skin moisturized and exposed to sunlight as much as possible, relieving stress levels, trying out herbs and nutrients as remedies, as well as refraining from alcohol and smoking.
There are also medications that may prove helpful; such as those designed to control inflammation, alleviate itching and reduce plaque build-up on skin.
1. Eat a Healthy Diet
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks the skin. This leads to red and itchy plaques on elbows, knees and other parts of the body resembling dry flaky dandruff; or in severe cases they may cover larger surfaces of skin entirely.
Studies suggest that eating foods rich in plants such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds is one way to combat inflammation in your body and lower your risk for chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, both of which often co-occur with psoriasis.
Eating healthy can help prevent flare-ups of psoriasis by providing your skin with enough vitamin D. Studies have demonstrated that those deficient in this vitamin frequently experienced more severe flare-ups of their condition during wintertime, according to reports from research centers around the country.
Exercising regularly can help your body remain fit and increase energy, as well as lower stress levels – something known to trigger flare-ups of psoriasis.
Physical activity can help lower your risk of several health conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Furthermore, exercise can boost your mood and make you feel more positive about yourself – possibly leading to less psoriasis flare-ups!
2. Exercise Regularly
One of the best ways to keep your body healthy is staying hydrated, especially for people living with psoriasis as staying hydrated can reduce inflammation and swelling that causes itchy patches on skin.
Water helps your skin maintain an ideal moisture balance and retain its natural oils, so drink a glass whenever thirst strikes or after physical activity.
Utilize a humidifier at home or the office as an additional way of staying hydrated, especially for people with dry skin conditions; in addition to keeping air fresher and cleaner.
Cold showers or ice baths may help with psoriasis by increasing your immune response and relieving itching, while simultaneously relieving stress – often an underlying trigger of the condition.
Other natural treatments such as apple cider vinegar, turmeric, fish oil, bath salts and oats may provide extra relief from itchy areas. Simply apply topically over affected areas.
Be mindful when smoking as this increases your risk of psoriasis. Furthermore, supplementation may help boost immunity and prevent flare-ups; so talk with your physician about any supplements you might consider taking.
3. Stay Hydrated
Psoriasis is caused by an overactive immune system that mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, which then build up on your body surface and form a rash with various degrees of severity.
Psoriasis may not have a cure, but you can find relief from its itching and redness with natural remedies and healthy lifestyle choices such as maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress effectively and forgoing alcohol or smoking – these all can provide significant relief from its symptoms.
Drinking enough water can also help your body remain hydrated, helping reduce flare-ups. Make a point of drinking one glass of water with every meal or snack.
Consuming foods high in vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants may help to decrease inflammation. Speak with your healthcare provider about whether an anti-inflammatory diet could be right for you.
Avoiding tobacco is essential to managing psoriasis effectively, as smoking increases its risk and may trigger flare-ups. If you do smoke, cut down to only 1 or 2 cigarettes daily for best results.
Apple cider vinegar has also proven effective at temporarily relieving itching, whether applied in bathwater or applied directly onto itchy skin via washcloth. Apply it for several minutes then rinse away afterwards.
4. Stay Away From Alcohol
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system overproduces skin cells too rapidly, leading to thickening and scaling of skin layers. Stress or alcohol consumption may aggravate symptoms.
Alcohol may worsen psoriasis for several reasons. Research shows it could weaken your body’s immune system and change how skin cells respond to inflammation; additionally, alcohol affects chemical messengers used by your immune system for fighting off infections and injuries.
Be mindful that everyone reacts differently to alcohol; your individual responses depend on factors like body size, weight, gender and diet – these can all impact how alcohol affects you.
If alcohol abuse is a problem for you, try your best to stay away as much as possible from it. One way of doing this is ensuring that enough water is consumed daily – which has many health benefits itself; another strategy could be cutting down on harmful substances like cigarettes.
People living with psoriasis sometimes notice that certain foods and beverages worsen their symptoms, so they try avoiding these items altogether. Some try cutting back on fizzy beverages while others cut back on dairy or gluten products in their diets; but many find these changes don’t help their psoriasis at all.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition characterized by red, itchy skin with silvery scales that occurs on approximately 2-3% of people worldwide.
Crohn’s Disease usually begins between 15 and 35, although it may develop later. This chronic, incurable condition usually reappears periodically throughout life.
Psoriasis may flare up and go into remission for short periods, making treatment essential in keeping it under control. Regular appointments with a healthcare provider should help manage and control psoriasis effectively.
One effective strategy to manage symptoms is getting sufficient restful sleep. Quality rest can help your body heal itself after physical exertion and recover quicker from physical activities.
Sleep can do wonders to your mood and lower the risk of mental health issues. To be most effective, aim for at least seven or eight hours each night.
Sleep can help you focus on work or school more easily while managing stressful situations more easily, while activities like meditation and yoga may reduce the stress.
If you need assistance getting enough restful zzz’s, reach out to your physician or a sleep expert. They may suggest an effective bedtime routine as well as tips that will help improve the quality of your restful slumber.
6. Stay Connected
Psoriasis can lead to various unpleasant symptoms, including itching and flaking as well as irritation. Luckily, there are natural remedies available which may provide temporary relief of some symptoms and reduce flare-ups of psoriasis.
There are various measures you can use to prevent psoriasis, including diet, exercise and stress management.
Diet: People living with psoriasis should consume an array of antioxidant-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans and seeds to manage their symptoms effectively and protect themselves against serious complications like heart disease or type 2 diabetes that can arise as a result. This is particularly important since psoriasis has the potential to lead to such serious health conditions as cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes.
Exercise: Exercising regularly is one way to combat psoriasis by decreasing inflammation caused by it and can also help people avoid other conditions, like high blood pressure and obesity, that increase the risk of flare-ups.
Stress Control: According to Dr. Gohara, stress control is another key component of leading a healthy lifestyle that may prove helpful for people suffering from psoriasis.
Before beginning any complementary home remedies as part of your medical treatment for psoriasis, be sure to inform your doctor. Your physician can help determine which methods would be most suitable for you and your condition.
7. Stay Positive
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that results in itchy, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It affects an estimated 100 million people globally and its cause could include genetic makeup, lifestyle factors and environmental influences.
Treatments aim to slow the rate at which skin cells reproduce and remove scales from the surface, through creams, ointments and light therapy (phototherapy).
There are various natural treatments and lifestyle modifications available to prevent and treat psoriasis, including keeping skin moisturized, avoiding certain triggers and using herbal and nutritional remedies.
Example: Take a daily bath using lukewarm water and mild soaps with oils or fats added, along with applying aloe vera directly to any affected areas.
Make use of thick moisturizers like petroleum jelly to lock in moisture and help ease itching and rashes, then wash it off after it has set.
If your psoriasis doesn’t respond to standard treatments, talk to your physician about other possible strategies. They might take a sample of skin for analysis (biopsy) to help diagnose it as well as rule out other disorders or infections that could be affecting it.