Psoriasis - Home Treatment
Skin care at home can help control
psoriasis. Skin care and treatment may include using
creams or lotions, pills, baths or soaks, and ultraviolet (UV) light. Skin care
for psoriasis includes the following:
- Take care of your skin, and
keep your skin moist.
- Gently soften and remove psoriasis crusts
by putting cream on the crusts and then peeling the loose crusts off. This may
help creams and lotions be absorbed into the skin. But removing crusts should
be done very carefully so that the skin is not irritated.
instructions for skin products and prescribed medicines. It may take a period
of trial and error until you know which skin products or methods work best
for you. For mild symptoms of psoriasis, various over-the-counter products,
such as aloe vera, may be soothing.
- Follow your schedule for
sunlight or ultraviolet light treatments.
- Seek information or
counseling from your doctor.
Psoriasis day care centers, where you can get
intensive treatment for severe psoriasis, may be available in some areas. To
find a center near you, ask your doctor or contact the National Psoriasis
Foundation at www.psoriasis.org.
For more information on caring for your skin, see:
Psoriasis: Skin care.
Other helpful suggestions to control psoriasis
Studies have not found any "psoriasis diet" that can cure
or improve the condition, despite claims over the years. Try to eat a balanced,
low-fat diet, and stay at a healthy weight.