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Does aloe vera help itchy skin and other symptoms of psoriasis?

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Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that often leaves your skin itchy and irritated. Living with psoriasis means living with a constant urge to scratch your itchy skin. It happens to almost everyone, even those who take care to avoid setting off their psoriatic flares by staying away from triggers. That might include dry, cold weather and temperatures.

You may think of aloe vera only as an after-sun balm. But aloe vera can also relieve the itchy, burning sensation of psoriasis. Look for aloe extract cream. Apply several times a day for at least a month. Aloe is even more calming when it’s been cooled in the refrigerator. But skip aloe tablets. Aloe can be dangerous if you take it by mouth.

Most importantly, stick with your psoriasis treatment plan. Medication can help stop itching before it starts. If nothing seems to help, talk to your doctor.

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Understanding the Itch,” “Mind and Body Therapies.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “8 Ways to Relieve Itchy Psoriasis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis,” “Aloe.”

JAMA Dermatology: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Psoriasis: A Systematic Review.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on May 4, 2020

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Understanding the Itch,” “Mind and Body Therapies.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “8 Ways to Relieve Itchy Psoriasis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis,” “Aloe.”

JAMA Dermatology: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Psoriasis: A Systematic Review.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on May 4, 2020

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