Home remedies such as over-the-counter ointments and aloe vera can reduce psoriasis symptoms, according to WebMD. Limiting alcohol can also help prevent a flare up of the condition, although studies have found no evidence that psoriasis diets can help.
There are many creams, ointments and shampoos for treating psoriasis that are available to buy without a prescription. Corticosteroid creams can be useful for controlling psoriasis, according to WebMD. Some of these creams are available over the counter, although those with moderate or severe psoriasis might need to ask their doctor for a prescription-strength medication.
Other nonprescription treatments for psoriasis include body washes and skin creams that contain salicylic acid, coal tar, zinc pyrithione or aloe vera. Some doctors recommend that patients wrap the skin in fabric or plastic after applying moisturizers or medicated skin treatments to keep the skin moist. As there can be side effects of this method of treating psoriasis, WebMD recommends that patients consults their doctors before starting it.
Other home remedies for psoriasis involve avoiding the common triggers of the condition, including scratching, stress, smoking, infections and cold, dry weather. Relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation, could help to reduce stress-related symptoms, according to WebMD.