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Control Your Psoriasis Using Natural Remedies

May 26, 2008
Psoriasis might not have a cure, but that doesn't mean it has to ruin your life. There are many steps that you can take to help control your psoriasis. For the best results, consider using natural remedies and a healthy lifestyle along with your doctor-prescribed treatments.

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.

If you have an extensive case of psoriasis, you and your doctor might choose to control your psoriasis with ultraviolet light therapy, also known as phototherapy. Phototherapy entails your skin being exposed to ultraviolet light B.

Although treatment from your doctor is important, don't forget home remedies that can help you control your psoriasis. This can be as simple as the diet you eat. A healthy diet high in vegetables and low in meat and dairy is important. Supplement your diet with EFAs (essential fatty acids) that can be found in flax seed oil or fish oil.

Some alternative therapies, such as acupuncture or reflexology can help to control your psoriasis by reducing stress which in turn can help reduce the duration of flare-ups or even the frequency of psoriasis flare-ups.

In addition to having healthy foods, your kitchen can also have natural topical treatments. Vegetable or olive oil can be added to your bath to relieve itching. Baking soda can be mixed with water and applied directly to plaques with a cloth. Apple cider vinegar can be rubbed on the scalp to help control your psoriasis.

Stress can aggravate the symptoms of psoriasis, so when you control your stress you are also working to control your psoriasis. Take a yoga class at the gym or learn mediation and breathing exercises to help reduce your stress level.

Although there might not be a cure for psoriasis, there are many treatments available to help control it. Take an active role in your own health and work closely with your doctor and others to control your psoriasis.
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