When it comes to learning how to treat psoriasis at home, there are a range of options available, all of which vary in efficacy. Along with dietary supplements such as Vitamin D and a healthy balanced diet, those suffering from psoriasis may choose to try light therapy at home, which has a very high success rate amongst most psoriasis sufferers.
Some of the more “mainstream” home treatments for dealing with Psoriasis symptoms include;
Eating a well-balanced diet is widely believed to help reduce flare ups of psoriasis symptoms. Although entirely anecdotal, and not to be taken as advice - eating healthily and avoiding foods that trigger your Psoriasis could help you stay in control of your condition. Keeping a psoriasis diary to help identify anything that triggers a flare up of their condition can also be a great way to keep on top of symptoms.
Symtrac Psoriasis (sponsored by Novartis) is a free Psoriasis diary application that you can download from the Apple App Store or Google Play which will enable you to record details of your Psoriasis & quality of life. Although it does not have a specific section for food, (or triggers other than the ones that you know of), you could use the notes section in the app.
There is research that indicates a link between Obesity and an increased severity of the psoriatic condition, also indicating that dietary interventions can reduce the disease severity.
Alcohol, smoking and stress are well known triggers for psoriasis flares and can also exacerbate the condition.
Herbal Remedies are also often cited to offer improvements, however again this is based on anecdotal evidence.
As stressed above it is important to consult your doctor or dermatologist to establish whether these remedies could adversely affect your condition in any way.
Aromatherapy, mindfulness and meditation may also reduce stress, with many believing they have recognised therapeutic benefits on the condition, the length of the flare up or indeed decreasing the chance of a flare up.
Again, some anecdotal evidence exists for the improvement of the psoriasis condition using salt water baths combined with Narrowband UVB light therapy, or alone. This treatment is intended to mimic the natural spa conditions found in the Dead Sea or Natural spas. Spa therapy is regarded as therapy that used to complement other established psoriasis therapies.
There is no “silver bullet” treatment for tackling the symptoms of Psoriasis.
- Try to establish what can trigger your condition to get worse and what works to improve it.
- Try not to despair as the stress will definitely make your condition worse.
- Try one of our units. Although we can’t guarantee that they will work for everyone, we know that we have a pretty high success rate.