The conventional method of psoriasis treatment with systemic medicines like methotrexate, cyclosporine, retinoids, biologics, topical ointments containing corticosteroids and ultraviolet light therapy (phototherapy) is very well known.
These methods do control the condition temporarily but do not cure it completely, as the symptoms again recur. Also every time these medicines require a dose stronger than before, which over some time may cause adverse effects and damage organs like liver, kidneys, threatening one’s life. Psoriasis is triggered due to t-cells.
These medicines have no role in changing the behavior of “t” cells. So the disease continues to progress and comes back again and again. On the other hand in alternative psoriasis treatment like homeopathy, a constitutional homeopathic treatment aims at the root cause of the disease the “t” cells i.e the immune system.
Homeopathic treatment does not suppress the immune system rather renders it to its normal healthy condition. The symptoms of Psoriasis are the inadequate effort of the immune system to throw away the disease.
The conventional psoriasis treatment aims to remove these symptoms by suppressing the immune system for some time and allows the disease to progress freely inside.
Whereby homeopathic medicines help to strengthen the immune system to initiate a stronger and adequate response to throw away the disease. That is the reason that after a proper homeopathic medicine an increase in the existing disease condition called aggravation may occur.
It is followed by permanent freedom from the disease. The abnormal behavior of “t” cells becomes normal resulting in no further relapse of the disease. Psoriasis Treatment in homeopathy not only treats Psoriasis but stops the relapses permanently.
Psoriasis Treatment Care Factors
After bathing, apply a heavy, ointment-based moisturizer while your skin is still moist. For very dry skin, oils may be preferable they have more staying power than creams or lotions do and are more effective at preventing water from evaporating from your skin. During cold, dry weather, you may need to apply a moisturizer several times a day.
Stop scratching and picking. There’s no doubt about it, that itchy skin begs to be scratched. Yet scratching can tear open the skin, making way for infection causing bacteria. To make the situation worse, scratching may cause lesions to appear where they weren’t before. Moisturise instead of scratching. You can pat on the skin but do not rub or scratch. Apply a cold compress on the itchy skin.
Take daily baths:
Bathing daily helps remove scales and calm inflamed skin. Add bath oil, colloidal oatmeal, Epsom salts or dead sea salt to the water and soak. Avoid hot water and harsh soaps, which can worsen symptoms use lukewarm water and mild soaps that have added oils and fats. Soak about 10 minutes then gently pat dry skin.
Expose your skin to a small amount of sunlight:
The sun’s ultraviolet rays can help fight your Psoriasis. Get some sun not too much sun. Avoid getting sunburned stick to 5 or 10 minutes a day and use sunscreen on spots without Psoriasis.
Wear light, loose clothing:
Cotton and other lightweight fabrics are less likely to irritate the skin or cause you to overheat. Wear shoes made of leather that are open and roomy.
Using a humidifier during the colder months to help keep the skin moist and prevent outbreaks.
Aloe vera is known to be found effective in Psoriasis. Taken from the leaves of the aloe vera plant, aloe extract cream may reduce redness, scaling, itching and inflammation.
Psoriasis Treatment Diet Factors
If you’re overweight, losing weight may reduce the condition’s severity. Losing weight may also make treatments more effective.
Eat a healthy diet:
Reduce your intake of saturated fats. These are found in animal products like meats and dairy. Increase your intake of lean proteins that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines and shrimp. Plant sources of omega-3s include walnuts, flax seeds and soybeans.
Avoid trigger foods:
Certain foods cause inflammation. They are red meet, refined sugar, processed food, dairy products.
Avoid drinking alcohol:
Alcohol consumption can increase your risks of a flare up. Cut back or quit entirely.
Vitamin-A is known as retinoids, are essential for the production of healthy skin cells, yellow and orange vegetables are often excellent sources of vitamin a.vitamin a can help improve Psoriasis symptoms by reducing this overproduction. Using retinoids on the skin can reduce inflammation.
Vitamin-D strengthens the immune system. It can slow the growth of new cells and can help thin the plaque. Both oral and topical vitamin-D preparations are known to improve Psoriasis symptoms.
Stress can make Psoriasis worse and Psoriasis can make one stressed. Dealing with stress with or without Psoriasis is a challenge for most people living in the 21st century. Tips to reduce stress are deep breathing, meditation, yoga, get a massage.
Stress Avoid Psoriasis Triggers
Infections, injuries to your skin, medicines, stress, smoking and intense sun exposure can all worsen Psoriasis.
Psoriasis Treatment Guidelines
Winter Skincare Tips
Skin needs extra care and attention in the winter, whether you have Psoriasis or not. Use this winter skincare tips to keep your skin healthy when it’s cold and dry outside.
Clean and exfoliate skin: Use gentle, soap free cleansers that won’t strip moisture from the skin. Slough off dead skin cells gently with a soft washcloth or mild exfoliating scrub to reveal fresh, healthy skin underneath.
Skip the hot baths and showers: Although it’s tempting to warm up in a hot bath or shower on a cold winter day, hot water strips moisture from the skin. Bathe or shower in warm water instead.
Step up the moisturizer You may need to switch to a heavier, oil based moisturizer in the winter to quench dry skin.
Dress in layers and remove wet clothing promptly: Sitting around in wet clothes may irritate your skin and lead to breaks and sores. Remove any wet clothing promptly. And dress in layers so you can remove clothing if you get too warm and avoid excess sweating.
Rely on your humidifier: Dry weather dries out skin and may lead to cracks and itching. Use a humidifier to make your living space less arid. Humidity helps keep skin healthy and moistens mucous membranes in the nasal cavity, which may help reduce the risk of sinusitis.
Summer Skincare Tips
Protect your skin in the sun: Is your Psoriasis sensitive to the sun? If so, phototherapy is a treatment that is used in more severe cases. You must constantly apply sunscreen when outside. A small sunburn can lead to a Psoriasis flare-up.
Sweat can be a trigger: Excessively sweating during the summer can be a trigger on your scalp and face. However, cold air from air conditioners can also impact your Psoriasis. One way to solve this problem is by purchasing a humidifier.
Avoid spending too much time in the pool: As we mentioned above, each patients Psoriasis is vastly different. Some may find that swimming in the pool irritates their skin, while others see that the water helps soften the skin that is impacted by build ups of plaque. Either way, you should avoid spending too much time in the pool.
Watch out for bug bites: You must protect your skin and watch out for bug bites in the summer. A flare up can occur in response to a bug bite on the skin.
Go for a swim: Swimming in the sea can be beneficial, the combination of water and salt may help remove dead skin. Highly chlorinated pool water may cause irritation and dry skin after swimming it is recommended to take a shower to get rid of any chlorine, chemicals or salt. Also, after showering when drying with a towel it is always better “patting” instead of rubbing.
Enjoy the weather and relax. It is finally warm outside. Take some time to relax and de-stress. Psoriasis flare ups can occur due to anxiety and stress. So, go on a relaxing vacation or sit outside in your garden.