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What are some home remedies for psoriasis itch?

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About.com lists aloe vera, capsaicin cream and omega-3 fatty acids as three home treatments for psoriasis. Taking daily baths with Epsom salts or colloidal oatmeal added to the water, limiting or avoiding the consumption of alcohol, applying an ample amount of moisturizer or ointment on a daily basis, and using relaxation exercises such as meditation or yoga to manage stress helps soothe psoriasis symptoms.

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Based on a study that found aloe vera-based creams more effective than creams containing triamcinolone acetonide, About.com recommends using aloe vera to treat psoriasis.

An application of capsaicin cream may burn during the first application but it effectively eases psoriasis-related itching. After six weeks of applying capsaicin cream to the skin four times daily, a significant improvement is seen in most psoriasis patients. About.com recommends wearing gloves during application and washing the hands immediately after application to prevent possible skin damage. Capsaicin cream can be found in drug and health food stores, and side effects besides burning upon contact include inflammation and blisters at higher doses.

Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish and flaxseed and taking omega-3 supplements helps fight psoriasis flare-ups, according to About.com. Additionally, avoiding stress and injury helps lessen the severity of psoriasis symptoms.

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