When one talks about psoriasis, the contagious question often comes up.
If you are psoriasis’ everyday carrier, you probably may face some looks around you that can make you feel uncomfortable, but you can learn to deal with them as time pass by.
Since psoriasis is an evident abnormal condition, the most asked question probably is: Is psoriasis contagious?
You can always try to give them a mysterious look, like something you caught while doing vacation in the Caribbeans. But…
The quick answer is no, psoriasis is not contagious, psoriasis is a chronic skin disease without a cure, but it isn’t something contagious that will pass from person to person like a virus.
Most people with psoriasis don’t even realize they have it until they experience flare-ups. They then often seek online help or help from their physician for more information about psoriasis. But there are some things you can try to help yourself along the way.
Also, know everything about psoriasis here, if you understand it well, there is a bigger change in controlling it.
There are some things you can try to help contain psoriasis, but before that, you should really understand what is going on with your skin.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease characterized by red, scaly lesions on the skin. It looks like a scab, but in reality, it isn’t.
These lesions are raised skin cells that have died and haven’t shed properly.
The lesions can occur in any region of the skin, scalp, and even in the nails. In black skin, psoriasis tends to develop with longer-lasting dark spots after inflammation.
Some of the symptoms may include painful sores in your affected area, red, itchy patches, and flaky, dry skin. These are all signs that you do have psoriasis.
Psoriasis can spread to other parts of the body if the infected skin is left untreated. Other than that, it would be best if you did not worry about it.
In some patients, psoriasis may develop inflammation in the joints (psoriatic arthritis). In this case, if not treated early, the disease can manifest itself in a more serious way leading to a worst clinic scenario.
According to some specialists, recent investigations have revealed psoriasis’ connection beside other inflammatory disorders such as hypertension, obesity, and diabetes.
Also, like other chronic diseases, psoriasis can always have a better or worse return. It all depends on the circumstances of the moment.
If you are going through some stressful moments or are unaware of some other causes, please look at this chapter about psoriasis triggers and how to avoid them…
Although there is no specific cure, it is possible to control the disease by treating the symptoms with medication and phototherapy.
In addition to drug treatment and medical follow-up, some home-based options help relieve the disease’s symptoms.
In some patients, frequent dipping or bathing their skin with seawater can help avoid seizures thanks to ions in the water properties.
Sunbathing (properly protected with sunscreen and at times of lower radiation incidence) is also favorable for dealing with the disease’s typical wounds.
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- Solid Vaseline: for those with very dry lesions and a lot of flaking, vaseline is a low-cost product and can be a good option.
The risk for vaseline allergy is shallow, but to be sure, you can always apply a small portion in another spot just to see how it will react.
If, after a few minutes, nothing happens, you should be clear to go.
Don’t saturate; apply a little bit of liquid Vaseline daily in the lesions, use it to compensate and hydrate the infected area.
This treatment helps to moisturize the skin and leave the crusts less evident.
- Bath oils: mineral or vegetal oils can complement the body moisturizers, softening and allowing greater penetration of the ultraviolet rays, potentiating its anti-inflammatory effect.
Besides, it is possible to use the almond oil on the scalp to help with the scales removal; thus, leave acting on the spot from one to two hours daily.
A hydrated skin peels less and has less chances for itching episodes.
- Body moisturizers: some moisturizers are thicker and prevent water evaporation from the skin. Usually, the ones containing beeswax and almond oils prove very effective thanks to their richness in essential fatty acids.
They can be easily found in natural pharmacies. Extra tip: don’t use colored and perfumed products to avoid allergic reactions.
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Sunbathing: according to experts, more than 90% of people living with psoriasis improve with a sunbath.
UV rays (mainly UVB) have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin—the sunbathing acts as a kind of home phototherapy, with less intensity.
But be careful not to cause a burn and make symptoms worse or even contribute to new lesions’ appearance.
The ideal is to know how to dose the time; about 15 minutes a day already helps relieve the symptoms.
Physical activity: physical exercise has the power to improve and even prevent many diseases.
And with psoriasis, it’s no different. The obese patient with high blood pressure and fat in the liver usually has more extensive and severe psoriasis.
In that case, physical activity can reverse obesity and result in an improvement in the condition.
Extra tip: Leaving addictions aside like, sedentary lifestyle, alcoholism and smoking can aggravate the disease’s symptoms, so if you want to have better control of psoriasis, the advice is: abandon those bad habits.
Also, have a balanced diet: in general, any balanced diet combined with the proper exercise helps to keep one’s health up to date and, consequently, control even more the disease.
Aloe vera compresses:
Aloe vera is widely used as an alternative medicine to treat several problems, including skin alterations.
For psoriasis, this plant sap can be applied to reduce itching and help to treat spots while reducing the span of psoriasis flares.
This happens because the plant’s slime is very rich in anti-inflammatory substances, curing purposes, and anti-itching properties proven by science.
1 to 2 leaves of aloe vera;
How to prepare
Cut the plant’s leaf throughout the leaf length and extract the gel with a spoon.
Apply the gel directly on the affected area, involving it with a clean compress and bandages.
Let it act for about half an hour a day and then you should only wash it with water. For better results, do this procedure up to 3 times per day for 4 weeks.
Watercress juice is an excellent option for treating psoriasis because of its depurative effect.
It helps to eliminate toxins from the body and decrease the frequency of psoriasis flares.
To prepare the juice, add 0.15 lb of watercress in a blender with 1 glass of water and take it at least 3 times a day.
In addition, the consumption of raw watercress in salads is also a great way to treat psoriasis.
Other recipes with watercress include:
Watercress salad with white cheese and tomato;
Pumpkin soup with watercress;
Rabada with watercress.
The use of blood-purifying foods, such as watercress, can be very effective to help treat psoriasis.
Still, it is also important to avoid fatty foods, meat, sausages, industrialized and spiced food as they favor the body’s inflammatory process.
Chamomile infusion wash
Chamomile is another most used plant in natural medicine, especially to treat stomach problems and anxiety.
However, this plant’s flowers have an important essential oil, known as chamazulene, which can be used to reduce the inflammation of various skin problems, such as psoriasis.
In the treatment of psoriasis, camomile chamazulene seems to lead to the formation of another substance, leukotriene B4 (LTB4), which prevents plaque development, improving the symptoms of psoriasis.
4 tablespoons of chamomile flowers, in preference fresh;
17oz of boiling water.
How to prepare
Mix the water with chamomile and let it rest for at least 10 minutes. Then, strain it and allow to cool down.
Use the infusion over plates and let them dry by their own. For better results you can do this after bathing or 3 times per day.
For the most affected cases or with severe symptoms, another option is to dip clean compresses in the infusion and apply on the skin for near half an hour, up to 4 times per day, allow yourself to check for improvement.
Cayenne pepper cream
This cream cannot be made at home, but it is another natural option to relieve psoriasis symptoms, especially against itching and redness.
Cayenne pepper contains a substance known as capsaicin, which diminishes the presence of the “substance P” in psoriasis plaques, which is the main responsible for the itching sensation.
Look for a cayenne pepper cream or capsaicin, at 0,025% or 0,075%, on natural products stores and apply it on the skin, following the producer instructions or doctor orientations.
Although less known, the marigold is a flower with excellent healing, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Therefore, it is often used in natural medicine to treat skin problems, including psoriasis, eczema, and even leprosy.
3 to 4 flowers and marigold.
How to prepare
Knead the flowers using a mortar and pestle, then place the mixture on the psoriasis plates, letting it act for 15 to 20 minutes. Finally, wash the skin with water and let it dry naturally.
These natural treatments should not replace any professional help you might need, so you should always contact your doctor to do a proper diagnosis and continuous follow-up in case of any spots appearance, itching, or scaling on the skin.
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