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How can you ease itching from psoriasis?

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Several over-the-counter medications can control itch -- which can feel more like a burning or biting feeling when you have psoriasis. Ask your pharmacist for lotions and creams with pramoxine or menthol. Hydrocortisone, a mild steroid, can help, too.

Resist the urge to scratch. That only makes it worse and can injure you skin, which makes it hurt even more.

From: How to Ease Psoriasis Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Managing Itch,” “Herbs/Natural Remedies,” “Over-the-counter (OTC) Topicals.”

Suzanne Friedler, MD, clinical instructor of dermatology, Mount Sinai Hospital Center, New York; dermatology faculty, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, New York.

Mitchell Manway, DO, dermatologist, Affiliated Dermatology, Phoenix, AZ.

Toral Patel, MD, dermatologist, Chicago.

Jordan Carqueville, MD, dermatologist, Chicago.

Jeffrey S. Fromowitz, MD, managing partner and medical director, Dermatology of Boca, Boca, Raton, FL.

Harvard Medical School: “Acupuncture is Worth Trying for Chronic Pain.”

The Journal of Dermatological Treatment : “An Overview of Acupuncture for Psoriasis Vulgaris, 2009-2014.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 23, 2018

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Managing Itch,” “Herbs/Natural Remedies,” “Over-the-counter (OTC) Topicals.”

Suzanne Friedler, MD, clinical instructor of dermatology, Mount Sinai Hospital Center, New York; dermatology faculty, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, New York.

Mitchell Manway, DO, dermatologist, Affiliated Dermatology, Phoenix, AZ.

Toral Patel, MD, dermatologist, Chicago.

Jordan Carqueville, MD, dermatologist, Chicago.

Jeffrey S. Fromowitz, MD, managing partner and medical director, Dermatology of Boca, Boca, Raton, FL.

Harvard Medical School: “Acupuncture is Worth Trying for Chronic Pain.”

The Journal of Dermatological Treatment : “An Overview of Acupuncture for Psoriasis Vulgaris, 2009-2014.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 23, 2018

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