Monday, November 15, 2010

Natural Home Remedies for Psoriasis

Psoriasis Signs And Symptoms:
Signs and symptoms include dry-flaky-scaly skin, sores, dandruff.  Symptoms appear, clear up and reappear. 

Psoriasis Causes:
Psoriasis is an immune disorder (less severe than Lupus) where the body attacks healthy skin as if it were infected, resulting in fast skin cell production and destruction, causing flaking and scaly skin.  Infections, stress, dry or cold weather and some medicines can worsen the condition.  

Natural Remedies And Psoriasis Treatment:
While there is no cure for Psoriases, most cases are mild and manageable with natural topical treatments containing zinc, aloe and vitamin e.  Medications, light treatment or injections can be prescribed for more severe symptoms.

Pass the warm olive oil. If psoriasis scale is a problem on your scalp, warm a little olive oil and gently massage it into the scale to help soften and remove it. Then shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly.

 Baking soda. To take the itch out of your scaly patches, mix 1 1/2 cups baking soda into 3 gallons water. Apply to your itcy patches with a washcloth soaked in the solution. 
Fish oil. There have been numerous studies linking the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil to improvement in psoriasis patches. The people in these studies had to take large oral doses of the supplement to show any results, but one study did find simply slathering fish oil on a psoriasis patch helped with healing.
Beat the tar out of it. Tar-containing shampoos, creams, and bath additives can help loosen psoriasis scales. Tar-containing bath oils are especially beneficial for psoriasis that is widespread on the body. These over-the-counter (OTC) products have been successful psoriasis treatments for many years.
Try a vinegar dip. Like aloe, apple cider vinegar has a long history of being used to soothe minor burns and other skin inflammations, and it's also a disinfectant. As a liquid, it makes a great soak for affected fingernails and toenails -- just pour some in a bowl or cup and dip your nails in for a few minutes -- and apparently has even been effective when applied to plaques using cotton balls. It might just be worth a try. To Prepare an apple cider vinegar compress, add 1 cup apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon water. Soak a washcloth in the mixture and apply it to the skin to ease itching.

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