Control Your Psoriasis With Alternative Treatments
Posted Sep 22 2008 10:32am
by Karina Potthast
While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are several treatments available that will help to control your psoriasis. These include both doctor-prescribed treatments and at-home remedies.
An ointment, lotion, or topical cream is one way to control your psoriasis. These can be prescribed by your doctor or bought over-the-counter. Tar, salicyclic acid, dovonex, and anthralin are topical treatments for psoriasis.
Doctor prescribed corticosteroids is another common way to control your psoriasis. They help reduce swelling with their anti-inflammatory properties. Some of these may carry side effects, so discuss this option thoroughly with your physician.
Ultraviolet light therapy might be used to control your psoriasis. This treatment requires your skin to be exposed to artificial ultraviolet light B. This phototherapy is especially popular for extensive cases of psoriasis.
In addition to medication from your doctor, you’ll also want to adopt a healthy lifestyle to help control your psoriasis. One of the first steps to this is to eat a well balanced diet. This diet should be low in meat and dairy while high in vegetables. Essential Fatty Acids, which can be found in both fish oil and flax seed oil, are important and should be supplemented.
Alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, qigong, or reflexology, are used by many people to help control psoriasis. These treatments can be useful, but should not replace your doctor’s recommendations.
Natural topical remedies from your kitchen pantry can also be used. These include apple cider vinegar, which can be applied to the scalp or the nails. Either vegetable or olive oil can be added your bath to reduce itching. A baking soda and water mixture can be made and applied directly to the itching patches of skin with a washcloth.
Stress can make your psoriasis worse, so reducing stress in your life is an important part of controlling psoriasis. You can do this with exercise, yoga, breathing exercises, or meditation.
Work closely with your doctor to discover the best ways to control your psoriasis. While there is not yet a cure, there are many steps that you can take to help reduce the pain and the severity of your psoriasis outbreaks.