Psoriasis is a skin disease that is characterized by causing symptoms such as itching, irritation and the appearance of eczema in areas of the body such as the scalp, palm of the hands and shoulders, among others. This epidermal condition is caused by a failure of the immune system that performs cell turnover in a few days when it usually takes about a month, which causes the symptoms of psoriasis to appear.
There are some factors, such as infections or dry skin, that make you more likely to develop this disease. However, when the factor that produces this epidermal problem is stress, the condition is called nervous psoriasis. If you are wondering how to cure nervous psoriasis, in the following article of we will provide you with information both about the medical treatments that are usually prescribed, and about some natural remedies that can help you relieve some symptoms of this disease.
What is psoriasis, its causes and symptoms
As we have mentioned in the previous lines, psoriasis is a skin disease that is caused by a problem of the immune system when performing a process called cell turnover. According to MedlinePlus, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this procedure involves cells growing in the deeper layers of our skin moving faster than normal to the most superficial areas. While in a person without psoriasis cell turnover can last about 30 days, but in people suffering from this disease it only takes 4 days to occur. Therefore, on the surface there is an accumulation of cells which causes the typical symptoms of psoriasis.
There are different causes of psoriasis, but one of the factors that can trigger this disease is stress and anxiety. In these cases, it is called nervous psoriasis, which occurs when skin cells react adversely to the neurotransmitters that cause stress. There are also other factors that may be related to psoriasis such as obesity, hormonal changes, chronic infections and alcohol consumption, among others.
Among the symptoms of nervous psoriasis, we find:
- Thick skin plates
- Flaking (appearance of whitish flakes)
- Increase in the thickness of the nails and changes in their tonality
- Inflammation of the affected skin
- Redness of the skin
- Genital lesions, mainly in men
Can nervous psoriasis be cured?
Many people wonder if nervous psoriasis can be cured. There is currently no medication that can cure this disease. However, it is very important that in the case of suffering or suspecting that you have this condition, it is important to go to a doctor or dermatologist since, although there is still no definitive cure, there are medical treatments that manage both to keep the disease under control, and to considerably reduce its annoying symptoms.
Among the medical treatments that exist to combat nervous psoriasis, as well as the most common, we find the following:
- Steroids: they are usually assigned in cases where psoriasis is mild or moderate.
- Calcipotriol: is a drug with synthesized vitamin D and is prescribed in cases of mild and moderate conditions.
- Salicylic acid: is a complementary drug that is used to reduce flaking in psoriasis plaques.
- Oral retinoids: it is a long-term treatment to eliminate the symptoms of psoriasis.
- Cyclosporine: helps control the functions of the immune system.
- Phototherapy: reinforcements with artificial ultraviolet light are usually very beneficial for patients with psoriasis.
Natural Remedies to Relieve Nervous Psoriasis
In addition to the medical treatment prescribed by the dermatologist to keep the disease under control, there are also some natural remedies to relieve nervous psoriasis. Among these natural preparations we find:
Baking soda rinse
Baking soda is a natural product found in any home for its culinary and cleaning uses. However, it is also an excellent remedy to combat psoriasis since it has antiseptic, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties that help both improve the appearance of our skin and reduce symptoms such as itching and pain in skin plaques.
To prepare this natural remedy you will have to mix half a glass of mineral water with a tablespoon of baking soda and stir well until the ingredients are well diluted. Apply the rinse with a few cotton pads on the affected areas and then let it act for 5 to 10 minutes. Finally, remove the cottons and rinse the skin with warm water.
Pure aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel can help us with nervous psoriasis as it has powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce pain, irritation, swelling and other symptoms of the disease. In addition, its excellent moisturizing properties help repair the dry and thickened skin caused by this condition.
Buy in a pharmacy or in a store of natural products the pure aloe vera gel and apply it in the affected areas once you have previously cleaned them with warm water. Gently massage the areas with the product for a couple of minutes and then let it act for 15-20 minutes. Finally rinse with plenty of cold water.
Coffee ashes have become a widely used remedy for psoriasis since being rich in different minerals, they help considerably improve the lesions caused by this disease and reduce different symptoms such as inflammation, redness and itching.
Buy this product in any natural products store or in pharmacies and apply it on the skin areas affected by the disease, once you have washed your hands well with soap and water. Massage the skin with the product giving gentle circular movements until you notice that it has been completely absorbed. In this other article we tell you more about how to use coffee ashes to treat psoriasis.