August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Psoriasis is a kind of autoimmune disease that causes red, scaly, itchy patches on the skin.
Unfortunately, the disease is incurable and recurs over a person’s lifetime. The condition can make a person extremely uncomfortable. In addition, some people with psoriasis find the red patches embarrassing. Although the disease has no cure, there are ways you can help your aging relative to manage psoriasis symptoms. Below are some tips for treating psoriasis at home.
Some kinds of supplements may support skin health, such as fish oil, vitamin D, and milk thistle. Taking them could reduce psoriasis symptoms. However, it’s important that you speak to the older adult’s doctor before they begin taking any supplements. Some supplements can interfere with medications they may be taking for other conditions or may make symptoms of those conditions worse.
Keep Skin Moisturized
Use lotions and creams to keep skin from getting too dry. To make lotions work even better, WebMD recommends that you apply a layer of petroleum jelly, olive oil, or shortening on top of the lotion to seal in moisture. But, they caution not to use too much when the weather is warm since the combination of sweat and moisturizers can worsen psoriasis symptoms.
Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can ease the burning itchiness of psoriasis on the scalp. It can also kill germs. However, don’t use apple cider if there are cracks or breaks in the skin. Also, stop using it if the older adult complains of a stinging feeling.
Be Choosy About Products
Soaps and perfumes can make psoriasis worse because of the chemicals and dyes in them. Avoid using harsh products that may increase the inflammation of psoriasis. Instead, look for products that are made for sensitive skin.
Spend Time in the Sun
Spending a little time in the sun each day may lessen psoriasis symptoms. Experts suggest starting with 5 or 10 minutes per day and gradually increasing the time. Protect healthy skin from sunburn by using sunscreen.
Follow the Doctor’s Treatment Plan
Treating psoriasis isn’t much fun. The older adult may get tired of wearing thick creams or ointments every day. However, it’s important to stick with the plan the doctor suggests.
Home care can help older adults to use some of the above tips to deal with their psoriasis symptoms. Applying lotions and ointments can be difficult for older adults who may be unable to reach psoriasis patches comfortably. A home care provider can apply moisturizers for them. Home care providers can also help seniors to get outside for a few minutes each day. And, if the doctor has approved the use of supplements, a home care provider can remind your aging relative when it is time to take them.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Newport Coast, CA, please contact the caring staff at Canaan Home Care today!