Psoriasis Treatment: Other Treatments
There are other treatments for psoriasis sufferers to improve their Quality of Life (QoL).
Whether patients are working to maintain their skin health or are dealing with a psoriatic flare-up, several non-clinical options are available and effective. Various methods such as essential oil preparations, nutritional changes, and sun-bathing can help patients deal with their psoriasis to varying degrees.
Psoriasis can be triggered by stress. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can cause chronic pain. Various mind and body-based approaches can help to manage symptoms and effects.
Mind-body techniques, such as meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises can help reduce stress. Because stress is proven to trigger psoriasis in some cases, these techniques may be helpful in controlling psoriasis.
Directly targeting the body through massage therapy, acupuncture, or chiropractic therapy can be effective for some psoriasis sufferers. These body-based approaches can be used to relieve stress and can be useful in relieving and managing acute and chronic pain.
Energy-based treatment for psoriasis includes UV light therapy, either from the sun or through the care of a physician. UV light therapy (also called UV phototherapy) involves exposing the skin to wavelengths of ultraviolet light. Phototherapy has been shown to reduce outbreaks and suppress the auto-immune system response that triggers outbreaks. The key to success with phototherapy is consistency.