Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by the presence of thickened, scaly areas of skin that may have some pimple-like bumps that do not contain pus or sebum. They are unsightly, appear anywhere on the face and body, and a source of embarrassment for many. The more important question for many is whether its treatable. Let’s discuss psoriasis first before we delve into its treatments, if any:
What Causes Psoriasis?
Knowing the cause of a disease will go a long in treating it. Unfortunately, even though there are over 7 million Americans suffering from psoriasis, the medical industry has still not discovered what exactly causes it. Certain studies suggest though, that its related to an immune system problem as shown by the effectivity of some immunosuppressant medicines.
That said however, there are certain factors that trigger psoriasis. Stress, injury, skin irritation and health problems (e.g. flu) have been observed to precede a breakout. Weather, obesity, alcohol, and smoking are also known triggers, but no one yet knows why or how they are connected to psoriasis.
Psoriasis is often confused with dandruff due to the appearance of dry flakes. However, these are two different medical conditions. While both are embarrassing, the latter is milder and easily treated. The former is chronic as it more of an autoimmune disease.
You have psoriasis if you experience severe itching and burning sensations. Your skin will be dry and cracked which can sometimes bleed. Or they may appear as red patches with silvery scales. Children often exhibit scaling spots that are small. And because its an autoimmune disease, your joints may feel stiff and swollen.
Since its a chronic condition rooted in your autoimmune system, the best way to deal with it is to work with your doctor. Currently, there are 3 main treatment types: systemic medications, topical treatments, and light therapy. Every person reacts differently to these treatments, so its largely a trial-and-error method.
Its hard to live with the symptoms of psoriasis. You can’t spend all your time in the doctor’s office, so its best to look for ways to combat it at home. many people have reported some success in some natural treatments. Here are some of the tips that have produced results:
- Dandruff shampoos don’t work. You need to keep your head well-moisturized, and dandruff shampoos does exactly the opposite – it strips your scalp of its natural oil. Instead, use shampoos with aloe vera.
- Combine a teaspoon of Vitamin E oil or aloe vera with either tea tree, lavender or peppermint. Massage on your scalp and leave for 30 minutes to an hour. Shampoo and condition afterwards.
- You can also use ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties such as apple cider vinegar. Mix a cup of this with a gallon of water and apply on your scalp. This will go a long way in relieving the itchiness.
- Baking soda, epsom salts, olive oil have been shown to help psoriasis.
- Add plenty of Omega-3 rich food such as salmon to help rid your scalp of flakes. A little bit of olive oil and coconut oil is not only yummy, but can help relieve the symptoms.
Psoriasis have confounded the medical community because of its randomness. The lesions and flakes come and go, the duration is arbitrary, and the severity is anyone’s guess. But just because you have it, doesn’t mean that you suffer in silence. See your doctor and come up with a treatment plan. Include the natural treatments mentioned above to help relieve the symptoms. Be patient and you will see results.