Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin disease, characterized by red itchy patches on the skin. It is non contagious, and can be caused due to genetic as well as environmental factors. Sometimes, low immunity can also give rise to psoriasis.
Causes and Symptoms
Psoriasis can be seen in people of any age group (more commonly in adults in their 30s and 40s). Once contracted, it can last for a long time and flare up at regular intervals. Genetics is the most important cause of psoriasis, and a sudden mutation in certain genes is believed to give rise to it. Among the environmental causes, sunburn, chronic skin rash, weather changes, stress, infection as well as side effects of certain drugs cause psoriasis.
A prominent symptom is having red patches on the skin which are covered with white silvery scales. These patches are usually seen on joints like elbows, knees, knuckles, and genitals. However, they can be seen on any part of the body. Similarly, the severity of the disease varies from person to person. In some people, the symptoms are seen only in some parts of the body, while in other cases, they may be seen all over the body. People suffering from psoriasis are otherwise healthy and do not experience any other symptoms.
This skin disease can be treated using different combination therapies and treatment methods depending on the severity of the disease, the age and the gender of the person. Prescription medications, drugs or steroids are given in case of severe psoriasis. In milder cases, lotions, creams or over-the-counter ointments can be used. In some cases, phototherapy is used which makes use of light to treat psoriasis. Sometimes, injections are used to treat psoriasis. These treatments are used singly or in combination. However, one can even go for certain home remedies or natural methods that help in reducing itchiness and discomfort caused due to this disease.
Coconut oil is found to be beneficial in treating several skin problems. It is also one of the most effective remedies for psoriasis. You can apply virgin coconut oil to the skin or use organic soaps made of pure coconut oil and coconut extract to treat scalp psoriasis.
Olive oil helps in softening skin and hence, is effective in getting rid of the flakes caused during psoriasis. One can heat olive oil to make it lukewarm and apply it to the affected area. Secondly, olive oil supplements can also be taken. Once the skin becomes soft, it is easier to treat psoriasis quickly. Along with olive oil, tea tree oil is also one of the best home remedies for nail psoriasis.
Garlic is one of the most efficient products used in the natural treatment of several diseases and disorders. Its blood purifying properties help in washing out the toxins form the body. One can eat 2-3 garlic cloves every morning to treat psoriasis.
According to recent researches, it has been found that sea salts are very effective in reducing the red patches on the skin. Having a bath with sea salts mixed in water cures the itchiness to a great extent.
It is essential to have sufficient intake of vitamin D and vitamin E to treat psoriasis. Doctors advise patients to have a regular exposure to sunlight to get sufficient vitamin D. Vitamin E can be obtained from almond, spinach, sunflower seeds, etc.
Before going for any home remedies, make sure you are aware that you are not allergic to any of these substances.
It should be noted that home remedies, on their own, cannot successfully treat psoriasis. One should also follow the regular treatment methods prescribed by the doctor.
Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes only and does not, in any way, intend to replace the advice of a medical professional.