The first step in psoriasis therapy is to apply treatment directly to the surface of the skin. This may involve the use of prescription, non-prescription, or natural topical therapies. The purpose of these treatments is to heal inflammation and reduce other symptoms of psoriasis.
Non-prescription topical therapies that work on the skin include, but are not limited to:
- Sunlight: People with mild to moderate psoriasis may benefit from short, daily doses of sunlight, while people with more extensive psoriasis may require UVA or UVB treatment in medically approved centers (see Phototherapy).
- Coal Tar Products: A time-tested remedy, coal tar improves scaling, itching, and inflammation.
- Baths and Moisturizers: Moisturizers and soaks can soothe skin and promote healing.
Acupuncture has shown some promise for helping to treat psoriasis,24 though these results have not been demonstrated in rigorous studies.25Treatments include:
Effect of Sunlight on Psoriasis
Sunlight helps treat psoriasis by suppressing the immune system (activated T cells) in the skin, thus reducing inflammation and slowing the rapid growth of skin cells.
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Effect of Coal Tar Products on Psoriasis
Coal tar helps treat psoriasis by improving scaling, itching, and inflammation on the skin and scalp.
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Effect of Baths and Moisturizers on Psoriasis
Baths and moisturizers help treat psoriasis by keeping skin moisturized, soothing inflammation and itching, and promoting healing.
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Effect of Acupuncture on Psoriasis
Since an underlying bodily imbalance or blockage is what brings the problem of psoriasis to the surface, acupuncture works to remove this blockage from the inside out. So depending on the...
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Effect of Yoga on Psoriasis
Physical activity is important for the treatment of all health conditions, including psoriasis. On a purely physical level, exercise can increase circulation and help the body rid itself of the toxins...
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- Liao, SJ. Acupuncture treatment for psoriasis: a retrospective case report. Acupunct Electrother Res. 1992;17:195-208.
- Jerner B, Skogh M, Vahlquist A. A controlled trial of acupuncture in psoriasis: no convincing effect. Acta Derm Venereol (Stockh). 1997;77:154-156.
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