Psoriasis Remedies

People often ask us about psoriasis remedies and a psoriasis cure. While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are a number of treatments available to relieve its symptoms.

Psoriasis is a skin condition caused by an overactive immune system. White blood cells called T cells normally help to protect the body against infection and disease, but in people with psoriasis, T cells becomes overactive. This leads to inflammation and rapid turnover of skin cells. The cells pile up on the skin, forming thick, scaly patches.

Other symptoms of psoriasis may include red spots, blisters, large intense areas of redness on the body, and swelling and inflammation of the joints. The affected areas are often painful and itchy.

Psoriasis remedies target these symptoms of psoriasis. They are not a psoriasis cure, but can relieve the discomfort of the condition. We'll talk about that more in a moment, but first let's talk about prevention.

There is no way to prevent psoriasis from occurring, and there is no psoriasis cure. The condition tends to get better at times and worse at other times, however, and there are ways to prevent it from worsening.

Watching your diet is one way to manage your symptoms. Different people react differently to different foods, so it's impossible to give advice about which foods will cause your symptoms to worsen. Experts recommend keeping a food diary in which you write what you eat and how your psoriasis symptoms respond. This way you can customize the best diet for you.

Stress is a big factor in symptoms worsening. Learn and practice stress management techniques. Consider seeing a counselor if you are having trouble coping with stress.

Illness can cause psoriasis symptoms to worsen. While it is not always possible to avoid getting sick, taking steps to maintain good health can help prevent symptoms of psoriasis. Eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, etc. See your doctor for treatment as soon as you become ill.

As we said earlier, there is no psoriasis cure. There are, however, a number of psoriasis remedies that can relieve the symptoms of the disease.

Topical ointments are used to reduce the itching and inflammation of psoriasis. Some of these are available over the counter and others by prescription. Over-the-counter ointments are generally designed to help removed the scaly skin of psoriasis. However, they can be harsh and irritating to the skin. Prescription medications often contain steroids as well, to reduce the inflammation caused by the disease. In rare cases, these drugs can cause hormonal imbalances. They should not be used by pregnant women.

Systemic treatment involves either oral medication or injections. These drugs target all symptoms of the disorder, but can cause a number of side effects, some of them quite serious. Among the more serious side effects are depression, kidney damage, and liver damage. Regular blood tests may be required to monitor liver function.

Light therapy involves exposure to ultraviolet light. This slows the production of skin cells. It carries the risk of skin cancer, and can also damage the eyes if not used carefully.

And remember, none of these treatments are a psoriasis cure. They only treat the symptoms.

Many people, concerned about the side effects of medical treatments, are turning to natural psoriasis remedies. Natural remedies usually don't have side effects, and they can have other health benefits as well.

See a doctor if you have symptoms of psoriasis. Ask about the best psoriasis remedies for you. Ask about natural treatments if you prefer.

If you have any questions about psoriasis, please write to us. If you have tried a new psoriasis cure and had favorable results, please let us know.

Additional Reading:
Follow these links for information on new psoriasis treatment and natural remedies for psoriasis. We also have additional pages on genital psoriasis, and how to know the symptoms of psoriasis.

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