The Most Effective Treatments to Control Psoriasis.
The most effective treatment of psoriasis must include various aspects of psoriasis skin care and total health care. Anything that creates changes in the body or in the skin can have an impact psoriasis and its treatment. Psoriasis is a complex interaction involving several factors and/or conditions. Balancing those factors which in the past have influenced your psoriasis will help to control or manage your psoriasis. Complicating this picture still further is the probability that genes found to be associated with affecting or triggering psoriasis may or may not cause psoriasis in an individual person, depending on how the genes react in relation to one another. The activity of genes is often determined by the pattern in which they were inherited from parents.
You will find these recommendations very effective in the treatment of psoriasis even if you do not order Psoriasis-Ltd III.
- Keep the body well hydrated with alkaline water. For those with psoriasis, simply increasing your water intake can help to reduce the irritation and itching associated with psoriasis! There is a wide range as to how much water should be consumed as there is a wide range between a person that weighs 100 pounds and one that weighs 275 pounds. So the smallest person may need 8 to 10 glasses of water daily while a larger person may need 14 to 18 glasses. And then there are so many variables such as the amount of hot sun exposure, or the amount of snow and the wind chill factor resulting in a very low humidity that wicks a large amount of water from the body and the skin. Also the amount of exercise or heavy work indoors or outdoors.
- Water moistens the skin, greatly reducing the dry itchy patches of skin. Drinking water with an alkaline pH is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and skin condition. Proper hydration of the body should be a part of any psoriasis treatment plan as the alkaline water is needed for new skin cell production.
- Stress as a physical, emotional and psychological event can be a significant factor in psoriasis. Stress can also affect how we respond to treatment for psoriasis. Stress can be an initiating symptom, or cause a worsening of existing lesions. Living with psoriasis is, in itself,psychologically and emotionally stressful. How those around you relate to the effects of your psoriasis can lead to additional stress.
- Keep the skin well moisturized. Hydrate the skin with creams or lotions such as Jojoba oil, Keri lotion, 10% urea cream, or Eucerin. Vaseline and ointments should be avoided as they can cause the sweat glands to become blocked and make rashes worse. Moisturizers can be applied to the affected psoriasis areas as frequently as required to relieve itching, scaling and dryness. Moisture therapy helps to restore the skin's most important function, which is to form a barrier to prevent bacteria and viruses getting into the body and therefore help to prevent a rash becoming infected. Be aware that moisturizers containing lanolin have been known to cause a reaction in some users. Ideally, moisturizers should be applied three to four times a day. Apply in a gentle downward motion in the direction of hair growth to prevent accumulation of cream around the hair follicle (this can cause infection of the follicle).
- Use soap substitutes such as Dove unscented cleansing bar, or Neutrogena cleansing bar for dry, sensitive skin. Bubble bath should never be used as it may cause dryness and irritation of the eczema and/or psoriasis.
- Reduce or eliminate coffee and other stimulants as well as reducing or eliminating alcohol. Stimulants and alcohol are acidic and work against your attempts to cure your psoriasis!
- Internally the immune system response may trigger psoriasis as a result of foods or medications. One culprit in foods that trigger an allergic response is gluten. It is believed that as much as 5% to 10% of the population may suffer from some form of gluten intolerance. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, kamut, spelt and even some oats due to the fact that they are often harvested with these grains. Gluten is the binding element that holds flour based products together and gives them a chewy texture. Gluten sensitivity arises because it is often difficult to fully digest gluten.
- Avoid skin irritants such as animal dander (dogs and cats), feathers, harsh fabrics (denim and corduroy), tight clothing, and sometimes even wool and silk. Cotton clothing is recommended as much as possible.
- Launder clothing with mild soap or detergent (Dreft, Ivory Snow, certain sans-additive detergents such as Tide Free). Use no additives such as enzymes, fabric softeners. Wash new clothing prior to wearing.
- Antihistamines, such as Benadryl by Parke-Davis (25 mg.), can be taken after 7:00 PM to control itching, which tends to be worse at night.
- Keep nails clean and short to prevent scratching, which can lead to worse irritation or infection. If your nails are affected by psoriasis, try the following: Trim your nails to reduce the risk of injuring them; trauma can worsen nail psoriasis. Try soaking affected nails and follow up with moisturizer. Carefully file thickened toenails with an emery board after soaking. Reduce toenail pressure and friction which can cause toenails to thicken -- by wearing well-fitted, roomy shoes. Consider using nail hardeners or artificial nails that can help to improve the appearance of intact nails.
- Avoid temperature and humidity extremes. Don't overdress or overheat. When humidity is low as during the winter in heated homes, a humidifier may be helpful.
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools. Lake and ocean swimming is fine. Apply moisturizers afterwards.
- Injury to the skin can cause the formation of a psoriasis patch known as the Koebner Phenomenon, and it can occur in other skin diseases, such as eczema and lichen planus. It can take 2 to 6 weeks for a psoriasis lesion to develop after an injury. Types of injuries that can trigger a flare include: Abrasion - even mild abrasion, Increased friction from clothing or skin rubbing against skin in folds, such as armpits or under breasts, Sunburn, Viral rashes and rashes.resulting from a reaction to medication.
- Low levels of calcium have been reported as a trigger for psoriasis. Oddly enough, even though medications made from vitamin D are used to treat psoriasis, low levels of vitamin D do not trigger a flare-up.
- Psoriasis-Ltd applied daily has been found to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis. Patients have seen an excellent improvement in the appearance of their skin condition after the application of Psoriasis-Ltd III.
- Many medications can also affect psoriasis. The following drugs are known to either worsen psoriasis or induce a flare-up:
Psoriasis can be improved by keeping
the body well hydrated
Keep the skin well moisturized to
soothe the symptoms of psoriasis
Keep nails clean and short to prevent
scratching psoriasis which can lead
- Chloroquine -- used to treat or prevent malaria
- ACE inhibitors -- used to treat high blood pressure. Examples include monopril, captopril, and lisinopril.
- Beta blockers - also used to treat high blood pressure. Examples include lopressor and atenolol.
- Lithium -- a medication used to treat bipolar disorder
- Indocin -- an anti-inflammatory medication used to treat a variety of conditions, including gout and arthritis
- Corticosteroids, such as prednisone or solumedrol, can actually dramatically improve psoriasis. However, abruptly stopping the drug or rapidly tapering off of it can trigger a flare-up.
Bacterial skin infections may weaken the immune system and cause or worsen the symptoms of psoriasis. Systemic infections (or infections throughout the entire body such as a cold) have been associated with causing psoriasis include viral upper respiratory disease, streptococcal pharyngitis ("strep throat"), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Staphylococcal skin infections (boils) have been a trigger. Infections can affect the outcome of psoriasis treatment.
Try to identify your triggers as not everyone is affected by the same triggers for a first line method of managing your psoriasis. One way to manage your psoriasis is with Psoriasis-Ltd. Psoriasis-Ltd is made of all-natural minerals, which help nourish damaged and irritated skin related to psoriasis. Within weeks, you will notice positive changes in the condition of your skin.