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How to a Manage Psoriasis Flare Up

By The Gopher - May 25, 2020
How to a Manage Psoriasis Flare Up
Credits: health.harvard.edu

Those who struggle with psoriasis know how frustrating and uncomfortable it can be. The skin endures a lot of changes due to uncontrolled cell growth, small red bumps develop into unpleasant red patches, patches that itch and burn.

It’s well-known that psoriasis is a non-infectious skin disorder. Even though the definite cause is unidentified, it is believed that psoriasis is triggered by our immune system which invades healthy skin cells by mistake.

Despite numerous medical treatment methods, there are few tips that are proven to be successful in the healing of the skin and reducing the inflammation.

1 – Sun Exposure

Ultraviolet radiation, present in sunlight, slows down skin cell growth and acts as a remedy for Psoriatic lesions. There are two types of ultraviolet light and that is UVA and UVB, both equally beneficial in Psoriatic skin healing. However, the UVB rays have a greater effect on slowing skin cell growth. Catch some sun at least three times a week, and get some Vitamin D along the way.

Avoid excessive sun exposure, it will damage the skin and lead to sunburn. Those who need to be a little more careful and regularly apply sunscreen are lighter-skinned people. Light skin is more sensitive, therefore more likely to get sunburned. Ten minutes a day should be enough, but if you feel that you can go more, extend the time little by little.

Be sure to consult your doctor, to make sure that UV therapy is completely safe for your skin.

2 – Keep Your Skin Moist

The reason why outbreaks itch severely is because of the dry skin, so instead of scratching it, keep it moisturized with adequate creams or room humidifier. Scratching only worsens the symptoms. Thankfully, the dead skin of psoriasis patches can be removed safely.

According to WebMD, exfoliating acid can make the skin softer by shedding the outer layer. The bond between skin cells is weakened with products that contain exfoliating acid. Use adequate lotions/creams that have Salicylic acid or Alpha-Hydroxy acid. Another method for removing the outer skin layer is taking a long bath to soften the damaged parts, which can later be easily removed. Do this delicately with fingers or tweezers.

3 – Limit Alcohol and Cigarette Consumption

Alcohol destroys the immune system – the most important thing when battling with psoriasis. It is especially harmful when alcohol interferes with psoriasis medication. As reported by Science Daily, women who drink a regular beer, two/three per week (this doesn’t include light beer, red white, or white wine) have aggravated psoriasis.

More and more data show that smoking and drinking has a highly negative effect on psoriasis. The exact reason why cigarettes are bad for this condition is difficult to find since they contain an enormous number of toxins. As explained by Dr. Naldi, one out of every five psoriasis cases was related to smoking.

In conclusion, ditch the cigarettes if you are a smoker with psoriasis, and the same goes for alcohol lovers. You will heal psoriasis lesions by building your immune system, not by tearing it down with toxins.

4 – Consider New Remedies

Understanding these potential new methods gives you additional options to consider. Scientific experts are continuously making progress in psoriasis therapies. Based on WebMD, many psoriasis drugs became ancient history now that there are new treatments such as oral and injectable medications, different topical solutions, and even steroids.

Biologics – Biologics are medications made from compounds found in living organisms. Approved by the FDA, they treat psoriasis by reducing T-cells, blocking a substance called tumor necrosis factor-alpha, attaching to proteins that cause inflammation, and prevent interleukins (a family of chemical messengers in the immune system).

Here are some of them, that are made to treat mild to severe psoriasis.

  • Taltz (Ixekizumab), an antibody that binds to interleukins
  • Enbrel (Etanercept), a tumor necrosis factor-alpha blocker
  • Cosentyx (Secukinumab), a human antibody that fights interleukins
  • Humira (Adalimumab), an antibody that blocks tumor necrosis factor-alpha
  • Enbrel (Etanercept), a tumor necrosis factor-alpha blocker
  • Cyltezo (Adalimumab-adbm), highly similar to Humira (Adalimumab)
  • Elrezi (Etanercept-szzs), highly similar to Enbrel
  • Siliq (Brodalumab), a human antibody that fights interleukins

As stated in the National Psoriasis Foundation, these medications have shown to be successful at suppressing psoriasis outbreaks.

5 – Home Remedies

Organic and natural home remedies may be all that you need to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, you just need to know what they are. Especially if these natural treatments are combined alongside conventional medical treatments, states National Psoriasis Foundation.

Consider these alternative natural options the next time you get psoriasis outbreaks:

Apple Cider Vinegar – Vinegar helps soothe skin irritation, especially scalp psoriasis thanks to its antiseptic properties.

Turmeric –  Turmeric is a strong, anti-inflammatory spice that can alleviate inflammation and psoriasis lesions.

Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera can significantly decrease redness and improve damaged, flaky skin.

Salt Water Bathing – Taking a long, warm bath with sea salt may eliminate scales and significantly reduce skin irritation.

As with any other form of treatment, remember to always consult your doctor. It may be that some of the mentioned treatment above, even natural ones, doesn’t suit you for some reason. Avoid potential additional skin problems and find out what works best for you.

Researching what triggers psoriasis to flare up and avoiding that can certainly help alleviate psoriasis outbreaks. In order to determine what exactly causes outbreaks in your case, you must monitor your health, behavior, and skin condition.

Finally, it is particularly important for people affected to acknowledge the latest and most successful options available. These options may just be to one that can help to assist in managing and preventing psoriasis outbreaks. Stay well-informed, have an open mind, and try to find a solution together with your doctor.