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General psoriasis treatment advice.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 12:44 pm
by Nick Balgowan
Psoriasis Treatments

Self Care for Psoriasis

You can do a great deal on your own to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. Take initiative in caring for your condition by staying informed, keeping a positive attitude, treating your symptoms at home, and avoiding activities that aggravate symptoms.

Nutrition and diet: Eating well will better prepare your body to respond to any recurring medical condition. If you are taking methotrexate, be sure to get enough folate, an important B vitamin.

Bath solutions: Soaking in a warm bath with oil, Epsom salts, coal tar solution, or oiled oatmeal may bring temporary relief for inflamed, scaly skin. After bathing, apply moisturizer to soothe the skin.

Moisturizers: Regular long-term use of moisturizers can make the skin look and feel better. Thick and greasy moisturizers are usually the most effective at reducing scales and inflammation.

Salicylic acid: Combined with other topical treatments (steroids, anthralin, or coal tar), salicylic acid may help to remove scales and dead skin.

Sunlight: Brief exposure to sunlight on a daily basis can clear mild psoriasis lesions. Be careful not to burn and don’t stay in the sun for long periods of time.

Light Therapy

For arthritis symptoms, try the self-care suggestions in the osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis health assessments.