Treatments

There are many treatments offered for psoriasis, from mainstream or orthodox as well as alternate sources.

In addition, treatments are advertised from time to time in newspapers.

The advice given may often be contradictory, and serve to confuse the sufferers.

There is a widely held belief that natural remedies are free of side effects. While this is true of some, it is not true of all.

After a holiday at the coast, people often note that psoriasis improves. Undoubtedly sunshine, relaxation and perhaps change of environment and climate are all beneficial.

Over the years there has been a proliferation of spas or health resorts to treat psoriasis by “Climatotherapy”. The most famous of these resorts is at the Dead Sea in Israel. It is difficult to account for the excellent results of the Dead Sea Spa. One explanation is that the seawater, which is particularly rich in minerals, has special healing properties. In addition, the spa is well below sea level; this affects the local ultraviolet rays. These rays, in turn, may be particularly therapeutic.

Bland ointments, moisturizers or emollients (i.e. preparations without active or special ingredients) often help soothe psoriasis.

Ointments are much preferred over creams.

Bath oils and oily soaps are also popular.

Formulations such as Vaseline and/or Light Paraffin Oil retain moisture in the skin and this in turn softens the psoriatic scales and also prevents cracks from developing.

These preparations are beneficial and have no side effects; it makes sense to fit them into one’s routine.

The only note of caution to be sounded is that they obviously dilute other preparations (e.g. steroids) when placed on the skin surface together.