Are there any safe and effective alternative treatment options for my psoriasis?
No alternative treatments — those used in place of traditional medical care — have been proved definitively effective at treating psoriasis symptoms. But some alternative treatments are considered generally safe and may be helpful to some people in reducing symptoms such as itching and scaling.
These alternative treatments include:
- Aloe extract cream may reduce redness, scaling, itching and inflammation. You might need to use the cream several times a day for a month or more to see any improvement in your symptoms.
- Fish oil supplements might help reduce inflammation associated with psoriasis, but study results are mixed. Taking 3 grams or less of fish oil daily is generally thought to be safe.
- Oregon grape, also known as barberry, applied to the skin could reduce inflammation and ease psoriasis symptoms.
These treatments would be most appropriate for those whose psoriasis includes mild, plaque disease. They aren't appropriate for those who have pustules, arthritis, or psoriasis that covers the entire body with a red, peeling rash that can itch or burn (erythrodermic psoriasis).
Discuss it with your doctor if you're considering these or other dietary supplements or alternative therapies. He or she can help you weigh the pros and cons of specific alternative therapies and ensure they don't interfere with your other medical treatments.
April 03, 2018
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