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How To Relieve Itching Cause By Psoriasis

How To Relieve Itching Cause By Psoriasis

Things you can do at home to help relive the itching and symptoms of psoriasis…

Psoriasis is a common skin disease that causes inflammation and irritation. Many people who suffer form Psoriasis have thick red skin with flaky white patches known as scales.

The condition can be extremely difficult to live with and often causes severe itching, which in turn leads to further irritation when scratched.

Thankfully there are several things you can do to relieve the itching, and these simple practices can easily be added to, or removed from, your daily routine.

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How Relieving Itching Caused By Psoriasis

Image Credit: CSPA, 2012.

Tips To Relieve Symptoms Of Psoriasis

Avoid Perfume and Scented Products

Any cleaning products that are scented – from facial cleansers to clothing detergents – can drastically increase the symptoms of psoriasis. Stick to products that are ‘fragrance free’ or ‘hypoallergenic’.

Take Short Baths In Luke Warm Water

Hot baths dry out the skin, and dry skin means more itching. To avoid stripping your skin of its natural moisturizers take tepid showers and baths for short periods only.

Use Mild Cleanser

Harsh skin cleansers also remove the natural moisturizers from the skin, and without these oils the skin dries out much quicker. Try using a mild cleanser for sensitive skin and be sure not to lather on too much since even mild cleanser can dry out the skin when used in excess.

Take a Medicated Bath

Epson salts, Dead Sea salts and even oatmeal can be added to luke warm water to make a medicated bath perfect for the skin. Be sure not to soak for too long, and follow the recommendations on the package.

Pat Skin Dry

Vigours rubbing of the skin increases inflammation and irritation. To be gentle to your skin, pat yourself dry with a towel after washing.

Apply Moisturizer Regularly

Moisturizers offer a layer of protection between the skin the elements of the outside world, they also help trap in the skins natural moisturizers. Try applying a thick moisturizer, not a lotion, directly after washing for best results.

Apply Antihisthamines

Antihistamines work by numbing the nerve pathways related to itching. Some brands can cause drowsiness, so try a non-drowsy formula in the morning, and something like Benadryl at night.

Apply Ice

Ice helps numb the nerve endings, which can reduce the pain and itching of psoriasis lesions.

Wrap Up at Night

If you’re itching worst at night, try applying ointment to your skin and wrapping it in plastic while you sleep. Gloves or cotton socks also help cream from coming of your skin in the night.

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  1. Beth W. Orenstein: 9 Tips for Living With Chronic Itching. Everyday Health, 06/12/2012.

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