Plaque psoriasis affects millions of people in the United States. Raised, red lesions covered in silvery-white layers of scales typify the disorder. While there are many different medical interventions designed to minimize the effects of the skin problem, various at-home techniques also provide symptomatic relief. Here are a few that Colorado Springs caregivers can recommend for their senior loved ones.
Wear Loose Clothing
Depending on the location of lesions, tight clothing or dressing too warmly can irritate areas affected by psoriasis by chafing or causing excessive perspiration. Seniors should wear loose-fitting clothing and dress appropriately for the weather to avoid flare-ups.
Use Soothing Bath Products
While many prefer showers to tub baths, soaking for at least 15 minutes in a slightly warm tub with oatmeal or organic oils can help. The soothing water with oatmeal or oil helps soften the skin and adds much needed moisture to dry, scaly areas.
Moisturize with Oils
After bathing, and periodically throughout the day, apply hypoallergenic fragrance-free moisturizers. Fish or vegetable oils also work great for moisturizing dry skin. After moisturizing, consider applying a light topcoat of petroleum jelly to seal in the moisture.
Disinfect with Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar and regular vinegar are commonly recommended for burns in order to prevent infection. Water-vinegar solution has the same effect on psoriasis lesions. Make a diluted solution and keep the mixture in a spray bottle in the refrigerator. Spritz onto affected areas as desired for cooling, soothing relief.
Desensitize with Pepper
Capsaicin in cayenne pepper gives the spice its distinctive heat. It is also an ingredient in creams, ointments and transdermal patches due to the chemical compound’s ability to prevent nerve cell transmissions in relation to muscular pain. Capsaicin-containing products can also be lightly applied to psoriasis-affected areas to alleviate discomfort.
Add Epsom Salt to Bath Water
A solution of Epsom salts and water is commonly used to relieve the inflammation and discomfort caused by minor burns and muscle aches. Add Epsom salts to bath water or mix two tablespoons in a cup of water. The solution might also be cooled and spritzed onto skin or applied as a cool, moist compress.
Living with psoriasis can be challenging, but with help from Home Care Assistance, your loved one will be able to tackle psoriasis pain and carry out daily tasks. Not only do we help seniors accomplish daily tasks, but we also provide comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, and post-stroke senior home care in Colorado Springs to help seniors live comfortably with illnesses, injuries, and disabilities. Contact us at (719) 822-1229 today to learn more about our services and how they benefit senior wellbeing.