Many patients suffering from psoriasis moving to Bangalore especially from humid areas like Mumbai or Chennai tend to have worsening of their itch. Because of your constant scratching, you have developed an itch-scratch cycle which you need to break. Scratching provides instant relief, but it is only temporary. Itching can be very detrimental as it can make the psoriasis lesions worse and can also cause new lesions. The Psoriasis itch can be severe enough to cause sleep disturbances and inability to concentrate. In addition, the trauma caused due to scratching can lead to fresh eruptions.
Although there are many ointments and medicines to relive the itching, for sustained relief a combination of skin care and diet helps better. The itching gets worse with the accumulation of skin flakes on the skin surface. Frequent cleaning up of the dead skin flakes using a mild soap twice in a day and using moisturizers liberally is therefore essential. Fish oil and flax seed oil which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are extremely helpful. If you are a vegetarian you can have folate rich foods like broccoli and cabbage. Some cases of Psoriatic itch have responded well to elimination of gluten and wheat products from the diet. Tea tree oil and neem oil containing ointments have also proved to be beneficial. Stressed out patients may need antidepressants or yoga. The scratching can be minimized by some home remedies also like using cool, wet compresses on affected areas. If the itching still persists you may need medical help.
Dr. Pranjal Shamsher is the first Skin Doctor in Bangalore to offer natural, non-surgical and non-invasive treatments for skin disorders. With over 25 years of experience in the field Dermatology, Dr. Pranjal Shamsher has devised a unique Multi-Therapy approach involving the use of several therapies at the same, to treat the most stubborn, obstinate and long-standing skin disorders with a skin-friendly and 100% side-effect free results. Her integrated and Multi-Therapy approach has helped many chronic disease sufferers to recover safely without any side-effects.