Common Scalp Infections: 5 Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Them (Psoriasis)
This is part of a collaboration series with Moringa Balm Organic Shop, on various common scalp infections and home remedies to get rid of them.
Muobo Appah has already covered all you need to know about dandruff, its causes as well as home remedies to eliminate them.
Head over to my blog and check that out click here.
In this blog post, I would be handling all you need to know about Scalp Psoriasis Infection; how to avoid it, and home remedies to eliminate it.
Let’s get started…
What Is Scalp Psoriasis Infection?
Scalp Psoriasis Infection is a common skin infection, caused by inflammatory disorders within your immune system.
Although people usually confuse dandruff for scalp psoriasis infections, because of slight similarities between both, they’re different skin diseases.
Psoriasis infection doesn’t just affect the scalp, it can also affect other parts of the body like the elbows, knees and lower back.
Also, dermatologists aren’t sure why this infection happens, although most times psoriasis occurs when your body’s immune system produces more skin cells than it normally requires.
When this disorder happens, your body finds it difficult to get rid of the excess leading to a situation where the skin cells are piled on top of each other, causing your skin to look thicker, with lots of red patches and silvery scales on your scalp and other areas of your body.
What Triggers Scalp Psoriasis Infection?
Like I earlier mentioned, doctors and dermatologists aren’t certain why scalp psoriasis infection occurs, however, there are some suspected triggers:
- Skin Injury
These are the four most suspected factors that may worsen or trigger a psoriasis infection.
It’s also important to note that what causes psoriasis infection may vary among people.
As a good rule of thumb, it’s important to pay attention to what may have triggered your infection to know what effective measure to take.
Home Treatments For Scalp Psoriasis Infection:
Luckily, there are several home remedies to help get rid of psoriasis infections.
From DIY remedies to over the counter creams and shampoo that would help to soothe psoriasis infections, these remedies aren’t only for your scalp, they also work great for other affected areas on your body.
1) Eating an Anti-inflammatory Diet
If psoriasis infection is triggered by inflammatory disorders in the body, then it goes to reason that eating anti-inflammatory diets will be ideal for soothing scalp psoriasis infection, hereby countering it.
There are lots of diets, food sources and herbs that can help in reducing inflammations in the body and these include; turmeric, fish oil and Omega-3 supplements.
Also, you may also want to avoid certain foods and diets that may trigger inflammations and worsen your psoriasis infection. Foods like red meat, dairy products, and processed meals should be substituted with a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats.
2) Apple Cider Vinegar
Like Muobo already stated, while some successes have been recorded in the use of apple cider vinegar is known for combating a myriad of skin problems, dermatologists have mixed feelings about it’s use in combating skin infections.
However, there have been quite a few people who swear by its success as a medicinal herb.
As a good rule of thumb, when trying it out on your psoriasis infection, you might want to watch out for how your body and your infection reacts to apple cider vinegar, so you’d know to stop it and go for other options.
How To Apply Apple Cider Vinegar On Psoriasis Infection
When using apple cider vinegar on your psoriasis infection, make sure to dilute it first with water. Mix a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar to water preferably before applying on your psoriasis infection, leave for some minutes and then wash off with warm water.
Try not to scratch your affected areas as much as possible so as not to worsen the infection.
3) Make Use Of Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is a great home remedy for psoriasis infections, it is a natural guard against skin infections and has amazing moisturizing and antimicrobial properties.
Natural aloe vera also helps to reduce redness, flakiness, and itchiness caused by psoriasis infection.
How To Apply Aloe Vera Gel On Psoriasis Infection
- Gently apply aloe vera gel on affected areas with psoriasis.
- Ensure you apply it up to three (3) times daily to reduce irritations, itchiness as well as keep your skin moisturized.
- Allow aloe vera gel to dry on your skin for better absorption if it’s too sticky for you rinse afterward with warm water.
4) Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has antifungal properties which may help in soothing your psoriasis infection.
Again, there aren’t too many studies to back its effectiveness in eliminating psoriasis infection because too much oil on your skin may cause other skin infections, but it’s worth a try.
How To Apply Coconut Oil On Psoriasis Infection:
- Before applying coconut oil on your affected areas, you may want to combine it with other essential oils.
- Essential oils like peppermint oil and tea tree oil that has high antimicrobial properties.
- Add about 12 drops of coconut oil per 1/4 cup of the essential oil you’ve chosen, then massage and apply this mix on your scalp and leave it for about an hour.
- Leaving it overnight wouldn’t hurt as well, it’ll help with your psoriasis infection and also keep your scalp hydrated (double win).
5) Psoriasis Creams Or Shampoos
If you find any of the four home remedies above aren’t to your liking, then you can opt for psoriasis creams or shampoos.
You can get them over the counter at your local spa shop or drugstore.
As a good rule of thumb, you should make sure you get psoriasis-specific shampoos instead of shampoos made for dandruff because they won’t be very effective for psoriasis.
Look out for psoriasis shampoos that contain coal tar or salicylic acid, they are effective in reducing thick flaky skin caused by psoriasis and soothing itchiness.
Use these shampoos regular to control psoriasis infection and always keep some at your reach in case the infection reoccurs.
Most times some of these common skin infections aren’t always caused by dirty hygiene, just like psoriasis, which is caused by your immune system going overboard.
Other times, these skin infections are caused by negative reactions to certain types of shampoos and creams you may be using.
These home remedies above should help with getting rid of psoriasis infections and reducing itchiness and flakiness of your skin.
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