Psoriasis

What Is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic and persistent skin condition characterized by thick, silvery and itchy dry patches on the skin. The disease usually affects the skin of the scalp, elbows, knees, chest, back, arms, toenails, fingernails and between the buttocks.

What Triggers Psoriasis?

  • Infections of the skin
  • Stress
  • Dryness in the skin
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Smoking
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Certain medications and illnesses

How Would You Know If You Have Psoriasis ?

  • In case of psoriasis, you may observe red patches on the skin, silver scales and dryness on the skin.
  • You may also observe cracked skin, itching and soreness in your skin.
  • Ridged nails
  • Stiffness and pain in the joints

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • In case the symptoms of itching and redness do not go away within a few days’ time, make sure you consult a doctor or a specialist for an effective diagnosis.
  • In case of psoriasis, your doctor shall examine you physically and check for the symptoms. He may also ask for your medical history for an effective diagnosis.
  • In severe cases, where the diagnosis may become very difficult, he may suggest to get a skin biopsy done.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Once psoriasis is diagnosed, the doctor may suggest you to use over the counter creams and ointments that shall help to reduce the symptoms
  • You may also be prescribed with topical steroids, vitamin D analogues and other relevant medications.
  • In case of severity, you may be recommended to take oral and injected drugs such as retinoids, methotrexates and cyclosporine.
  • In case you are smoker, make sure you resort to quit smoking.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Psoriasis ?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Vinegar

Ingredients: Vinegar Water

Ways to Use:

-Dilute vinegar (strong disinfectant) with water in 1:1 ratio and apply it on the affected areas. 
 

2. Epsom Salts

Ingredients: Epsom salts

Ways to Use:

-To a bucket of warm water, add dead sea salt or Epsom salts. Before going for a shower, dip your hands and feet in this water for about 15 minutes. 
 

3. Turmeric

Ingredients: Turmeric

Ways to Use:

-Daily intake of turmeric in the form of a supplement or in the raw form has been found to significantly reduce psoriasis flare ups.

4. Use a Moisturizer More Often

Ingredients: Essential oils Moisturizer

Ways to Use:

-It is very important for you to keep the affected areas moisturized. Use different essential oils and creams to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. 

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