Psoriasis causes painful red, scaly patches. Seniors can find relief through natural treatments and dietary changes used alongside medication.
One of the most influential and immediate ways seniors suffering from dry, cracked, and irritated psoriasis plaques can find relief is through the regular application of thick, rich moisturizing creams and ointments. Hydrating the skin helps soften and smooth areas of psoriasis by reducing inflammation and accompanying pain and itchiness. Look for creams containing colloidal oatmeal or petroleum jelly for deep moisture. Apply liberally throughout the day, especially after bathing or washing flare-up areas.
When applied directly to psoriasis patches, natural topical oils, gels, and salves also help soothe aggravated skin and provide symptom relief. Aloe vera gel from the leaf of the plant reduces inflammation and irritation. Coconut, jojoba, and argan oils moisturize while combating bacteria with lauric and linoleic acids. Capsaicin creams from chili peppers temporarily relieve itch and pain by reducing skin nerve reactions. Colloidal oatmeal baths hydrate and calm irritation without harsh scrubbing. Essential oils like lavender, melaleuca, and geranium diluted with a carrier oil help fight inflammation when massaged into flare-ups. Always patch-test new topicals first.
While topical creams and ointments provide localized symptom relief, some supplements, when taken orally, may help manage psoriasis internally by reducing chronic inflammation that worsens flare-ups. Always consult a doctor before starting supplements to ensure safety and avoid interactions. The most well-researched include fish oil containing anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, Vitamin D3 for immune regulation, zinc for cell repair, milk thistle to promote liver health, turmeric with curcumin to reduce swelling, and Oregon grape.
Quercetin, made from fruits and vegetables, helps regulate the immune response to lessen attacks on the skin. Evening primrose oil provides gamma-linoleic acid to improve skin cell structure and function. Digestive enzymes support gastrointestinal health and reduce inflammation originating in the gut. Multivitamins fill any nutritional gaps that could aggravate symptoms. While not overnight fixes, supplements tailored to individual needs under a doctor’s care may aid conventional treatment.
Making strategic modifications to your diet by avoiding common psoriasis-trigger foods and increasing anti-inflammatory nutrients can be an effective way to help minimize flare-ups and improve symptoms between them. A diet high in cold water fish, walnuts, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and kombucha provides antioxidants and omega-3s that reduce inflammation.
At the same time, limiting foods that stimulate inflammation can prevent attacks on skin cells. These include excess red meat, fried food, processed carbs, gluten, dairy, and high-saturated fat foods. Decreasing or avoiding alcohol and high-sugar foods is also recommended, as blood sugar spikes worsen symptoms. Stay very well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Identifying and avoiding personal psoriasis triggers while focusing on anti-inflammatory nutrition gives your body the tools to tame symptoms.
Since stress is one of the most common exacerbating factors for psoriasis flares, developing healthy and consistent stress management habits can make a big difference in helping minimize outbreaks. Experiment with relaxation techniques to determine which enables you to unwind in both body and mind. Options like meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, visualization, hypnotherapy apps, or prayer can induce the relaxation response to counter anxiety and stress hormone surges.
Regular exercise like walking, swimming, tai chi, and stretching boosts feel-good endorphins too. Getting enough sleep keeps the mood balanced and rejuvenates the skin. Engaging in enjoyable, low-stress hobbies reduces worries. Talking honestly with a counselor or support group about emotional struggles provides perspective. No single method works for everyone, so try different stress relief approaches until you find fit. Taking time to care for your spirit through stress management paired with caring for your physical body through natural treatments and smart nutrition helps maximize psoriasis control.
While not a cure, incorporating targeted natural treatments, dietary changes, and stress relief alongside conventional medical care can help seniors better manage psoriasis symptoms and improve daily comfort. Be diligent in applying thick hydrating creams and natural anti-inflammatory topicals during flare-ups for quick relief. Discuss specialized supplements with your doctor that may help internally by reducing inflammation. Avoid common trigger foods while focusing your diet on antioxidant and omega-3-rich nutrition to prevent attacks on the skin. Find healthy stress outlets like meditation, exercise, and counseling to control anxiety. Although it requires some trial and error, lifestyle adjustments provide tools to complement medical treatment. Being proactive with integrative natural therapies helps seniors control psoriasis and enjoy life.