Psoriasis OTC Treatment:
Over the Counter Psoriasis Treatments
Finding an effective psoriasis OTC treatment can save you a lot of
money, especially as no cure for psoriasis exists, only treatments for
the symptoms. Over the counter, or OTC, treatments are those that are
available from a drug store without needing a prescription from your
While you should exercise caution when taking drugs that
you haven't discussed with your doctor first, any medicines for sale in a
drug store will have gone through strict testing with documented side
effects as are listed for headache or cold relief medicines.
Soothing Psoriasis OTC Treatment
The most common types of
psoriasis otc treatment
are those containing coal tar and salicylic acid, which actively work on
your immune system to stop the build up of new cells. However, in their
OTC forms, they are not full strength, and you may find that you want
to find stronger treatments that calm the symptoms.
The most common types of soothing psoriasis OTC treatment include:
cream – Hydrocortisone is the go to OTC treatment for a wide variety of
skin complaints and offers a strong moisturizing effect to affected
areas. One of the main complaints of psoriasis sufferers is the dry skin
that some of the medications cause. Hydrocortisone heals the dry skin
and offers a small amount of pain relief from the inflamed areas.
bath flakes – When you add oatmeal bath flakes to hot water, it does
make something that looks like what you would eat for breakfast, but
when you bathe in it, it provides an incredible amount of relief for dry
and itchy skin. It is particularly effective on larger lesions as you
submerge your whole body in the bath.
spray – One of the main reason that you will find menthol in so many
products is that it offers a mild anesthetic effect. The advantage of
this psoriasis OTC treatment is you can use it for mild itching at times
when you cannot apply a full layer of cream.
oils – Certain plant oils, also known as “essential oils” have been
shown to have a positive impact on psoriasis. The most effective
essential oils for psoriasis are: lavender, chamomile, rose, patchouli
and tea tree oils.
Psoriasis on the neck
While it is natural to want a treatment that is going to eliminate
the symptoms of psoriasis, you can access a whole range of over the
medicines and foods
that you take orally to help reduce the symptoms. By proactive behavior,
you can reduce the amount of extra skin cells that your body produces
as well as stopping some of the inflammation. Some oral treatments to
- Oils – Most oils, such as omega-3, will help to
reduce the amount of toxins in your blood stream. These toxins can cause
infections as well as stimulating cell growth, which causes large
amounts of plaque in psoriasis sufferers. You can buy oil in tablet or
capsule form, or eat more low-fat dairy products that are high in
- Apple cider vinegar – All purpose apple
cider vinegar is used as both a rub or a food additive. If you apply it
like a cream, you will need to be careful not to put too much on as it
is quite acidic and while it will remove a lot of the extra skin cells,
it can damage the unaffected areas nearby. As an oral medicine, apple
cider vinegar can restore the balance of pH in your skin, which will
help the natural sloughing process to cope with the extra cells.
– You will find capsaicin in peppers and is the active ingredient that
makes them taste hot. It acts as an anesthetic on your nerve endings,
which reduce the itching caused by psoriasis.
Before trying any psoriasis OTC
treatment, or even natural remedies, you should talk to your doctor as
it could conflict with any other medication that you are currently
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