Coping With Plaque Psoriasis


If you are experiencing plaque psoriasis, you may find it makes you self-conscious and miserable. While there are a number of causes for this condition, there are some things you can do to cope with or lessen its effects:


Psoriasis has a strong genetic component, so if you have relatives who have it, you will be more vulnerable to developing it.  It can be triggered or exacerbated by various things:

  • Stress
  • Injury or trauma to the skin including scratches, vaccinations and sun damage
  • Certain medicines
  • Living in a place with a seasonal climate
  • Bathing or showering in extremely hot water
  • Life-style habits such as drinking a lot of alcohol and/or smoking
  • Obesity
  • HIV/Aids

Medications that may bring on an outbreak of psoriasis include:

  • Psychotropic medicines such as divalproex sodium and lithium
  • Lipid-lowering drugs
  • Beta blockers
  • Calcium channel Blockers
  • NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Interleukins
  • Interferons
  • TNF inhibitors such as adalimumab or infliximab
  • Anti-malarial medications

Also, psoriasis can rebound when you cease using corticosteroids.

Diet and Lifestyle

To ease symptoms, you can try eating fatty fish like albacore tuna, or salmon, several times a week, or take a fish oil supplement daily. Some studies suggest that some psoriasis patients are sensitive to wheat, rye, and barley, so a gluten-free diet may help. To improve your health in general, it is important to eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water, as well.

Some people find relief by taking a daily dose of turmeric. You should be aware that herbal remedies may have milder effects and take longer to help than conventional medicines.

To relieve stress, try a therapeutic massage; a couple of visits and you will be hooked. Yoga classes are beneficial, too.

Alternative and Home Treatments

To relieve scalp itch,  try mixing equal amounts of organic apple cider vinegar and water, and apply it to your scalp. You can do this several times a week. If it stings you should rinse your scalp after the solution has dried.

Aloe Vera gel and creams with capsaicin, or Mahonia Aquifolium, applied topically can help, also.

Medical Treatment

Medical treatment can include using coal tar shampoo or ointment, salicylate ointment, steroid-based cream, or retinoid cream. Oral medications may include biologics that contain human or animal proteins, drugs such as methotrexate or cyclosporine, and retinoids.

Psoriasis can be a serious and life threatening condition if it is unstable and gets out of control. An extreme outbreak can interfere with your body's barrier functions and also may disrupt body temperature regulation. You will need to be under the care of a dermatologist, and go to regular appointments to manage it properly.

For more help, try contacting a company like Advanced Urgent Care with your questions and concerns.


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