Finding a psoriasis cure is next to impossible but you can certainly find remedies for the various psoriasis symptoms as well as prevent flare ups by adopting certain habits. Although psoriasis causes have not been identified as of today, as mentioned previously, it has been associated with an abnormal immune system.
The condition may also be hereditary but just because one or both your parents have the disease, does not necessarily mean that you will get it. By the same token, not having parents with the disease does not mean that you will not develop this condition either. Many factors have to be at play in order to inherit this disease if there is a family history.
There are many types of psoriasis and the most common type is plaque psoriasis which causes silvery flakes or scales on the skin. Other types that occur in lesser cases include guttate psoriasis (red or pink tiny drops on the skin), pustular psoriasis (pus filled skin bumps), scalp psoriasis which can be quite embarrassing, etc.
Knowing which type you suffer from is the first step in the psoriasis treatment process as well determining what causes flare-ups in your particular case whether it is stress, sunlight, smoking, infections, etc.
While there are many medical psoriasis treatments that will help to alleviate psoriasis symptoms, there are also many home remedies for psoriasis that will help to treat the symptoms as well as prevent flare-ups. In addition, home remedies for psoriasis which are natural do not come with any side effects.
Psoriasis Home Treatment Tips
1. It goes without saying that you need to moisturize and keep hydrated consistently. Dry skin only leads to infection and flare-ups. Use moisturizer that is geared towards very dry skin which should also be unscented.
Staying hydrated will not only keep the body’s cells properly hydrated but will also keep the skin hydrated. Drink between six to ten eight ounce glasses of water a day depending on your activity levels. Staying hydrated and moisturized is one of the simplest things that you can do to contain this skin condition.
2. If your skin gets too dry, take a shower or a bath but not for too long to preserve precious skin oils. You can also simply soak the patches of skin that are dry to help them fall off easily and naturally without harming the skin. Be careful with the soap that you use when taking a shower or bath to ensure that you do not use soap that will lead to excessive dryness. After stepping out of the shower and bath, immediately lotion up to lock in precious moisture and do not give the skin a chance to become dry.
3. Another great psoriasis home treatment is to use a wet wrap. After you apply lotion after stepping out of a shower or bath, soak some ace bandages or something similar in water that is lukewarm. Then take the bandages and place them on the areas that you experience problems with psoriasis such as knees, elbows, nails, etc, to prevent flare-ups and/or itching. The bandages or whatever else you use will prevent these problem areas from becoming infected or hard.
These are only a few of the psoriasis home treatment tips that you can start to implement in your life to combat this chronic skin disease. There are many more available and you can simply use trial and error to determine what works the best for you and eliminate the remedies that do not work for you.