Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that results in the rapid growth of skin cells, which then causes a buildup of red, inflamed, raised, and flaky patches of dead skin cells.
Psoriasis lesions are also typically painful and itchy. Although there are five types of psoriasis, psoriasis typically affects the hands, elbows, scalp, and knees. However, most psoriasis types can exhibit symptoms in any area of the skin.
Psoriasis does not have a cure but is treatable. Most standard psoriasis treatment options involve the use of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs whose long-term use can result in adverse side effects.
So having a treatment plan that is a combination of traditional medicines and natural remedies have been shown to be more effective and widespread. With that in mind, here are some natural treatment options that can make managing psoriasis symptoms easier.
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Research shows that fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, herring, and tuna can reduce inflammation and improve the function of the immune system. Flaxseeds and walnuts also contain omega-3 fatty acids, and you can also opt for fish oil supplements.
Some studies report that gluten can trigger inflammation, which is why people with gluten intolerance are more likely to develop psoriasis or experience more severe symptoms. This connection also sheds light on why some people with psoriasis experience fewer flare-ups and improved symptoms after eliminating gluten from their diet. Of course, discussing the possibility of a gluten intolerance with your doctor should be your first step.
3. Drink Lots of Water
Drinking enough water and keeping yourself hydrated is key in treating psoriasis as well. Drinking lots of water will combat dryness, and hydration becomes even more paramount when the immune system is under attack.
Turmeric is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Despite the fact that there isn’t much research to confirm its effectiveness, it may reduce inflammation due to its natural properties, and some people with psoriasis report improved symptoms after they incorporate turmeric into their diet/treatment.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is beneficial in treating a number of skin conditions, including acne and psoriasis. Tea trees are only found in Australia, and the oil gets extracted from its leaves. Tea tree oil promotes the sloughing off of dead skin cells caused by psoriasis.
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