Psoriasis isn’t a walk in the park, especially during flare-ups when the pain intensifies. Fortunately, there are several measures that can provide relief mainly by soothing the skin.
See Your Doctor First
Even when you have successfully dealt with psoriasis symptoms in the past, you must still consult with your doctor when your skin is cracked, perhaps even bleeding. These cracks aren’t just painful but these will also increase your risk of bacterial infection, which can worsen your situation.
Your doctor can prescribe medicated creams containing corticosteroids, such as prednisone, which will ease the painful inflammation. You may also buy low-dose corticosteroid creams without a prescription but you’re still well-advised to seek your doctor’s approval. Your skin’s condition can become worse when you use the wrong cream or use too much of it.
Other over-the-counter creams that can aid in pain relief, especially during minor outbreaks, can have salicylic acid and coal tar.
If your skin feels like it is on fire (i.e., hot) or it has a reddish appearance, then you may need antibiotics to fight off an infection. You should ask your doctor about it, too.
Try Home Remedies
Aside from over-the-counter and prescription medications, you can also try the following home remedies. Your doctor will also likely recommend these methods but be sure that these will not have adverse effects on your medication plan.
- Apply liberal amounts of moisturizer on your skin. Your skin may hurt because it’s so dry that it has stretched and cracked. You should apply it at least twice a day to reduce the pain.
- Apply a heavy emollient cream, too, since it can lock moisture into the skin so your dry skin can be less painful. You can also use coconut oil or olive oil into your skin, if you’re looking for a quick and cheap fix.
- Use the occlusion method. You first apply moisturizer on your skin, particularly on your hands and feet. Slip them into clean plastic bags and cover them with socks, occlusion bags, or plastic wraps. Leave them on for an hour or two before washing them with water.
- Soak in a bath with soothing additions. You can pour special solutions, which usually contain oilated oatmeal, Epsom salts, or apple cider vinegar, into the tub of warm water.
You should also look into the emotional triggers for a psoriasis flare-up. You may want to take a breather from the stresses of your personal and professional life, an effective method since stress is closely connected with psoriasis. You don’t want to increase your risks for depression and anxiety, too, since it’s closely linked to these mental health issues.