An autoimmune disease that surfaces in the form of red and flaky patches on the skin is psoriasis. T cells, a type of immune cells are responsible for protecting the body from disease and infection. When due to a reason not yet known, these cells become hyperactive, they trigger an immune response, which leads to birth of psoriasis.
Since the reason is not discovered yet, there is no cure found too. But fortunately there are a few ways in which the discomfort can be eased out to varying degrees depending on the severity and the life of the disease. Check out the ways below:
Avoid Getting Your Skin Dry
Dryness can be highly discomforting. It can lead to itching and an intense urge to scratch. Don't want it? Right. Keep your skin moisturized with a moisturizer, especially formulated for a dry and sensitive skin. But dryness too can be of varying degrees. They can be thick, heavy or good. Pick one wisely. For instance, Revitol dermasis psoriasis cream is good and not greasy, in case your skin is demanding something like this. Or use the one recommended by a physician or you can even pick a natural oil like coconut oil or olive oil but do not let your skin dry up.
Itching. Get A Warm Bath
Hot water is drying, and as we talked earlier dryness gives immense discomfort. However, lying down in a bathtub full of lukewarm water is good. Adding milk, olive oil, mineral oil or Epsom salt makes it even more soothing for the skin as it aids in softening plaques and scales. Avoid towel. Let it dry on its own. Or use a soft cloth to pat dry. Moisturize while the skin is still damp to make the skin extra soft and supple.
A light therapy taken under the supervision of an expert is the only thing we recommend. This may be needed more frequently, sometimes at periodic intervals. To get you a clearer picture here, tanning beds are not recommended. Too much of ultraviolet rays is bad, it can be deteriorating for the skin problem. Get in touch with a doctor. Sunlight to some extent is good. It slows down the growth of cells and provides soothness.
Stay Away From Fragrances
To understand this, you must know that these fragrances are formulated with a lot of chemicals. These chemicals can irritate the skin and drag you back. Make sure you don't use anything with a strong fragrance. For the same reason, do not use any soap or perfume with a strong fragrance. Instead, pick products labeled “for sensitive skin”.
This is important. What you eat influences psoriasis healing immensely. For instance, when you avoid fatty snacks and red meat, you will notice a dramatic decrease in flare up frequency. Also, if you start eating seeds, omega-3 fatty acids, cold water fish; you will notice a reduction in inflammation. Hence, eat wisely.
No Alcohol, No Smoking
Smoking causes flare-ups, alcohol too can be bad as some symptoms may come back. Quit smoking. A doctor's help may be taken. And drink in moderation or even better leave this too. A Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital study made a startling revelation – psoriasis risk increases in women who are into drinking non-light beer.
Invest In Dietary Supplements
Vitamin D, Aloe vera, evening primrose oil, Oregon grape, fish oil are all good when you look for supplements for easing out the psoriasis symptoms from inside. For mild symptoms, use evening primrose oil, Oregon grape. Talk to your doctor. Please note that no supplement should interfere with the existing condition.
Lastly, Don't Stress
Stress is found to be the reason in many patients, causing their first outbreak. Stay away from it. Meditate. Do yoga, especially deep breathing exercises. These help in easing out and also break free from stress.
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Pauline Simons is a health and skincare expert by profession. She loves to share her knowledge and experience with people. She regularly contributes her write ups to health or skin care related websites and blogs. In her free time she loves to travel, fashion shows and music.