People who suffer from psoriasis typically experience a wide range of symptoms, including itchy or painful skin, and sometimes infection, which can lead to embarrassment. It’s a difficult condition to treat, with or without medication, but you can manage psoriasis to some degree without drugs.
How to manage psoriasis without drugs
Before you self-treat for any medical condition, consult with your doctor first. That said, here are some tips on how to manage psoriasis without using drugs…
You need to do everything possible to make sure your cells regenerate properly, so eat the right foods that nourish you from the inside out. Make sure your diet is packed with organic, in-season fruits and vegetables.
If you have a juicer, you may find that beets, carrots, and cucumber juice help. Some people have found that citrus fruit exacerbates the problem, so cut out oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit from your diet if this is the case for you.
Even when your symptoms subside, continue eating plenty of fresh produce to help prevent your condition from worsening. Eat nuts and seeds, preferably raw. Goat’s milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese may also bring some relief.
A combination of vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements may prevent your psoriasis from getting worse and may even help decrease the frequency, intensity, and duration of the symptoms. Some vitamins that are good for your skin include E, A, B-complex, and C.
The minerals you may want to try include magnesium and calcium.
Try dandelion, elm bark, saffron, and sassafras that you’ll find in the herb aisle of your health food store. Herbal teas are also good, so relax and enjoy a couple of cups per day.
For quick relief, you might want to try one of several external treatments, some which give you a quick but small amount of comfort and others that provide long-term relief.
Bathe without soap as often as possible. Seawater can be soothing to the skin. If you live near the ocean, go for a swim. If you are unable to swim in the ocean, use sea salt found in the health food store. You might find relief by adding a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath water.
After you get out of the bath or shower, you’ll want to moisturize to keep your skin from becoming dry and flaking. Choose fragrance-free lotions and oils to decrease the chance of an allergic reaction to sensitive skin.
You can also use essential oils for treating psoriasis.
A little bit of sun is healthy and may help heal your skin. However, too much sun can cause sunburn, which will exacerbate the problem. Avoid sunburn by staying indoors when the sun’s rays are at their strongest from about 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Choose loose-fitting clothing that is made from natural fibers and allow your skin to breathe. Avoid tight clothes that may irritate your skin and make your symptoms worse.
Some psoriasis sufferers may go into remission for a while but if you suffer an outbreak try the above tips on how to manage psoriasis without the use of drugs, and let us know in the comments below what works best for you.