During Psoriasis elbow disease, red and brownish inflaming patches start to appear on your elbow and the area of the skin surrounding it. This autoimmune disease is recurring, and your skin becomes unbelievably dry, scaly, flaky, tight and itchy. These red and brownish patches keep cumulating and dissipating from time to time.
Psoriasis begins internally deep down, which is from the immune system. It starts with a white blood cell called the T-cell. T-cells which are designed to protect the body from infections become hyperactive cells in the condition of Psoriasis. This leads to the fast turnover of the skin. There is no 100% cure of Psoriasis, but with these natural treatments, Psoriasis elbow can be kept under control.
1. Herbal and Natural Remedies
Herbal and natural remedies are the purest form and can heal your skin from the core. However, before taking the herbal remedy, consult your doctor, as these remedies can clash with your medications, and can cause hindrance. This may lead to more inflation of the skin and unwanted side effects.
Here are some herbal and natural remedies for the skin to treat Psoriasis elbow.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider is a remedy pack known for curing so many diseases and irritations. This solution is popularly known for its disinfectant properties. During psoriasis, your skin becomes flaky and itchy. Applying Apple Cider Vinegar on it can soothe the skin and reduce the inflammation and itchiness.
You can take a cotton ball and dab the solution all over the elbow and the neighboring area around it. You can make it 1:1 ratio with water to prevent the burning sensation. Applying Apple Cider Vinegar twice a day on the affected area can show some improvement in a week.
If you have cracked skin or open wounds, then this remedy is not advisable for you, because it may lead to irritation, burning of the skin, and can make the elbow area worse.
Aloe vera is packed with all the goodness of the world. This succulent herbal plant does wonders to our skin in all prospects. The gel from the aloe vera is very healing. The healing and anti-inflammatory properties of the aloe vera gel soothe the skin. The gel gives it a cooling sensation and reduces the burning. It also helps in lowering the scales and itchiness. It is best to extract the gel directly from its natural source. You can grow the plant in your house and enjoy its benefits. Applying it thrice a day can reduce Psoriasis elbow.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is popularly known for its antiseptic properties and can be safely applied to the skin. This oil is extracted from the tea tree plants which are a native of Australia. Also, this oil is like a natural lotion for the dry Psoriasis elbow. Dilute olive oil into few drops of tree tea oil and rub the solution several times a day. The flakiness of the scaly skin will start t reduce and will relieve you from the painful dryness. This will soften your skin and reduce your itching. Gently rub or massage the solution on your elbow and the neighboring areas.
Turmeric is a home remedy, which you will always find in the kitchen and is very handy. Turmeric is high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This herb has an ingredient called ‘curcumin,’ which can alter the gene expression. Psoriasis is a genetic disease; turmeric is a beneficial home remedy.
Psoriasis on the elbow can also lead to Psoriasis arthritis. Therefore Turmeric’s ability to change the TNF cytokine expression can prevent the causing of Psoriasis arthritis. Turmeric is safe, as it is used in our daily diet. However, you can consult the doctor for the amount of intake of this natural remedy.
You can take turmeric in the form of pills, or in curries and the healthy vegetables to keep psoriasis elbow under control.
Soaking in Dead Sea salts
Dead Sea Salts are an excellent remedy for the dry, scaly and itchy skin. Add some Dead Sea salts to your warm bath water and let it dissolve. Then soak your body in this warm water and see your skin showing some improvement. This does not only improve your skin but gives you a sense of relief. Soak your skin for about 15 minutes, and you will see that the itchiness is reduced, and the scales and redness on the
Psoriasis elbow is on a bay. After soaking your body in the Dead Sea Salts, remember to moisturize your skin with a suitable moisturizer.
Consult your doctor before taking up this remedy.
Oats are a source of health and fitness; surprisingly it has so much of health and skin benefits in it. Oats are considered as natural skin soothers. If you look out for some studies and research papers, you will find no proper scientific reason or explanation, for why oats help our skin during psoriasis.
However, you will also come to know that, many people have psoriasis and have claimed that oats are a healer for their skin. They relieve your skin from painful dryness and flakes. You can apply a paste of oats on your affected skin area, that is the elbow and around it. Alternatively, else, you can take a bath in oats. This will reduce the redness of your patched skin and will also reduce itchiness.
Capsaicin is an ingredient that you find in hot red pepper. This ingredient is known to fight inflammation. You can find ointments and creams that have this ingredient in them. This ingredient is hot. Therefore when you apply it on Psoriasis elbow, your skin will go through a burning sensation initially.
This burning will be intense and rapid because capsaicin works by overloading pain transmitters. Eventually, the rapidity will slow down, giving relief from pain and reducing the itchiness. They are capable of reducing the redness of the skin and preventing inflammation. They can also reduce the skin flare-ups.
Consult your physician first, before taking up this treatment.
2. Following a Healthy Psoriasis Diet
Your diet is the foundation of your good health, even when it comes down to a skin condition like Psoriasis elbow. Your healthy diet is not only a treatment for Psoriasis, but it also helps in keeping it at bay. Here are some foods which you must incorporate into your diet, to keep your Psoriasis as much under control as possible.
Foods High in Fiber
Eating food high in fiber regulates your digestive system and your bowel movements. This helps in reducing constipation and keeps the overall health under check. It also helps in detoxification in the body. Fruits, vegetables, and seeds should be eaten for good fiber.
High anti-Oxidant Foods
High antioxidant foods like kidney beans, blueberries, and cilantro should be eaten. A lot of other vegetables, fruits and beans are high in antioxidants. A person having Psoriasis must eat these foods.
Your digestive system will improve, and you will see a change in your digestive health with probiotic food. They help in flushing out toxins, reducing inflammation and boosting immunity, which is very much crucial during Psoriasis. Organic and raw food like yogurt and vegetables should be eaten as much as possible. Probiotics have proven to show nice improvements in many people’s skin. So it’s a highly recommended diet.
Fishes are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D. These are good for skin and help in improving the condition of Psoriasis elbow. Fishes like salmon, mackerel, and sardines should be consumed for healthy skin. Fishes are protein oriented foods which have been proven to fight Psoriasis. They also help in smoothening Psoriasis flare-ups.
Raw milk is therapeutic to Psoriasis. It is high in Vitamin D and enzymes.
3. Ultraviolet Rays
Light therapy can help in slowing down the growth rate of cells that are triggered by Psoriasis elbow. This therapy should be consulted by a doctor and should be done under a doctor’s supervision. The skin and the body are exposed to ultraviolet rays, which help in reducing the cell growth rate. This therapy requires consistent sessions to give the desired result. The amount of sunlight should be balanced, as too much sunlight can worsen the skin condition.
4. Reduce Stress
One of the most significant factors in our lives for all the problems and diseases are stress. Everyone gets little or too much stress, but we also need to learn to combat it. The inability to manage stress and carry out our daily life leads to so many diseases and health issues. Under Psoriasis, stress is something which should be managed very well. Stress can trigger Psoriasis elbow symptoms and make the condition even worse. A lot of stress-reducing practices should be adopted.
Do yoga or meditation. These two are the greatest stress relievers. Try out some stress-busting activities like drawing, coloring, gardening or cooking. Anything that you love to do, and relaxes you can be a stress buster. This lifts up your mood, and a healthy mind reflects on the skin.
5. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking
Alcohol is a factor that can worsen psoriasis. Alcohol triggers Psoriasis elbow in many people. People who drink beer more than thrice a week are more prone to develop and trigger Psoriasis than the ones who don’t drink.
Indulgence with tobacco can increase the risk of Psoriasis. Tobacco too triggers Psoriasis and can worsen the skin condition. If you already have Psoriasis, then it is better to keep smoking in control and to get rid of that habit, as it can make the condition more severe.