Psoriasis is a skin condition caused by the rapid production of skin cells, and it results in a painful, itchy rash as well as the buildup of scaly skin. Psoriasis cannot be cured, but these at-home remedies can reduce its unpleasant symptoms among seniors.
1. Aloe Vera
Creams containing gel from aloe leaves have a cooling, numbing, and moisturizing effect. A 2009 study by Dr. Charoen Choonhakarn for the International Congress of Dermatology found that aloe vera reduces both pain and the overall severity of psoriasis outbreaks. The gel is also known for relieving the discomfort of burns while aiding in the healing process. Similarly, aloe vera has been used to smooth and soothe psoriasis lesions while promoting healing of skin.
2. Oatmeal Baths
Adding colloidal oatmeal to warm bath water alleviates the redness and swelling associated with psoriasis. Soaking in this mixture also reduces itching and softens scales.
For effective results, seniors should relax and soak in the water for at least 15 minutes.
Living with serious health conditions can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. Sarasota seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more.
3. Olive Oil
A big part of reducing psoriasis pain is keeping skin from getting so dry that it starts to crack and bleed. After every bath or shower, your loved one will need moisturizing treatments to prevent the skin from cracking and peeling as it dries. Gently rubbing in a moisturizing cream followed by applying a thin coat of olive oil will completely seal in the moisture.
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4. Salt Soaks
Soaking in a bath supplemented with Dead Sea salt or Epsom salts can greatly reduce burning sensations, gently remove the buildup of skin scales, and provide relief from itching. Additionally, Epsom salts keep cracked skin or open sores clean and sterilized. Another way to use Epsom salts to soothe psoriasis symptoms is to mix two tablespoons in a cup of water and spritz the solution onto the skin or apply it as a cool, moist compress.
5. Capsaicin Cream
This common psoriasis treatment contains capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers spicy. The substance is useful for relieving the itching and discomfort that often accompanies psoriasis because capsaicin interferes with communication between nerve cells. Creams with capsaicin stimulate nerve endings and provide pain relief after using them for a week or two. Effective creams contain .025–.075 percent capsaicin. Allow at least one week to experience optimal results.
6. Light Therapy
UVB rays penetrate the skin and stop skin cells from multiplying as rapidly. With permission from your loved one’s doctor, you can purchase a light therapy box to relieve your loved one’s psoriasis pain.
7. Fish Oil Capsules
Fish oil contains essential fatty acids that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. The most effective supplements are ones that contain at least 1.8 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid, which can reduce psoriasis flare-ups.
Living with psoriasis can be challenging, but with help from a home caregiver, your loved one can tackle psoriasis pain and carry out daily tasks. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Sarasota homecare services. Our caregivers provide transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping. Schedule a free in-home consultation by giving us a call today at (941) 702-5525.