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What can help relieve itching from psoriasis?

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If you have psoriasis, you probably know what it’s like to live with a constant urge to scratch. As many as 9 out of 10 people with this autoimmune condition get itchy or a burning feeling on their skin. That may happen even when you avoid triggers such as alcohol, smoking, and cold, dry air that can set off flares.

But sometimes, you need relief fast. Here are some home remedies to ease your symptoms without scratching, which can damage your skin and worsen your symptoms.

  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
  • Treat your scales and flakes to help your medication penetrate more deeply.
  • Bathe every day. Use Epsom salts or colloidal oatmeal to help calm irritation.
  • Use a cool compress. Heat can aggravate itchiness.
  • Try acupuncture. This traditional practice has shown to ease psoriasis symptoms.
  • Meditate. Curbing your stress can curb your itchy skin, too.
  • Use aloe vera. It may soothe and soften your scales.

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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