Guttate psoriasis is characterized by small, pinkish, drop-like delicate scales on the skin all over the body rather than big, red splotches like other types of psoriasis. This condition is often caused by a bacterial infection and is most often found in individuals under 30.
The goal of most psoriasis treatments is to slow down how quickly skin cells grow so that the condition can be controlled for a long period of time. Because psoriasis reacts differently depending on the individual who is infected, treatments vary widely.
Diet and Exercise
A healthy diet and regular exercise are helpful natural treatments for psoriasis. People with this condition should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially lettuce, parsley, garlic and lime. Nuts and whole grains are also beneficial. On the other hand, processed foods should be avoided along with excess sugar and animal fats, which can trigger inflammation. Caffeine and alcoholic beverages can also aggravate the condition.
Along with a healthy diet, exercise is another natural treatment. Since regular exercise improves strength and the health of muscles and tissues, it can help all the body functions, including those responsible for healing. Especially good exercises include swimming and cycling.
Other Natural Treatments
Being in the sun regularly for short periods of time can effectively help reduce the severity of guttate psoriasis. Also, certain types of salts such as Kalium Sulphate 6C and Natrium Muriaticum 6c can help treat psoriasis because they reduce inflammation, hydrate the skin, and help get rid of dead or infected skin cells.
Herbs such as red clover and cleavers also help with this condition because of their anti-inflammatory and blood-cleansing properties. Skin Dr. is one natural remedy manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. Chamomile is another effective herb used for treating this kind of psoriasis. Retinoids can also help in curing this condition. You can also try a plant called pau d’arco and/or Dead Sea salts. Bathing with a combination of sea salt and water is especially helpful. Look for these natural psoriasis remedies in your local health-food store. They come in a variety of forms, including herbal, extract and homeopathic. In addition, you might find that managing your stress and anxiety is also an effective method for improving guttate psoriasis.
You can treat guttate psoriasis by using topical treatments. Among the numerous natural treatments available, special blends of essential oils are excellent choices. Some others to consider are coal tar and over-the-counter dandruff shampoos. For the fastest recovery, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids that can either be taken orally or via injection. The strength of this medication will depend on your needs and how well you respond to this topical medication. Sometimes mild topical creams can be purchased over the counter. These are most often used to keep the skin moist and prevent any possible additional skin irritation. Often anti-itch medicines and moisturizers are helpful. Doctors may also recommend an antibiotic in order to clear up the streptococcal infection that caused the condition in the first place.