Treating Psoriasis at Home

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As winter and thus low humidity and heater-season approaches, those with psoriasis often experience more flare-ups due to the dry air and cold weather. Although treatment should always be overseen by your doctor, there are items that you likely already have on hand and things you can do at home that can help to relieve irritation and itching.

  1. Install a whole-home humidifier, or single room humidifiers in the areas where you spend the most time. Keeping the air moist will help to relieve skin irritation, reducing flare-ups.
  2. Avoid soaps or lotions that contain dyes and perfumes. In most cases, you’re safe with products listed for sensitive skin.
  3. Eat plenty of olive oil to keep your skin moisturized from the inside out, and use olive oil to loosen plaques on the scalp when washing your hair.
  4. Sooth itching and loosen scales with a bath containing Epsom salt, olive oil, and milk. The salt helps to detox the body while the olive oil provides moisture and the lactic acid in the milk acts as a mild exfoliant. These three are the perfect combination to loosen scales without irritating sensitive skin.
  5. Omega-3 Fatty acids also are commonly attributed with helping with inflammation that aggravates psoriasis symptoms. You can take omega-3’s in supplement form such as fish oil or eat foods rich in omega 3.

Treating psoriasis, whether you use home remedies, doctor-prescribed treatments, or a combination of both, is often rife with trial and error, and what worked for you over the summer may not work over the winter. Keep trying different things until you find something that keeps you comfortable, while always emphasizing gentle treatments and plenty of moisture.