Balneology? Interferential current? They sound strange, but there are lots of new and alternative treatments being used to treat psoriasis. Some have evidence to back them up, and some don't. Talk to your doctor about any new or alternative therapies you are considering.
What in the world is balneology and what does it have to do with psoriasis?
Balneology is the science of bathing. It's also called hydrotherapy or water therapy. Most people would agree that soaking in the bath is soothing, but it may also be good for treating psoriasis. Using certain products in your bathwater may be helpful in removing scales and stopping the itch. Try products like tar solutions, oils, Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts, or oiled oatmeal. Sulphate-rich thermal spa water from Italy has been studied as a treatment for psoriasis. After 4 weeks, the effect of the treatment was measured using a psoriasis severity score. The spa water improved psoriasis much more than regular water did.
Can you shock your psoriasis into remission?
There is some evidence that electricity can treat psoriasis on the palms of the hands. Interferential current (IFC) is a form of electrical stimulation used most often to treat pain. A small study of patients tested IFC to see if it would improve redness, scaling, hardness, fissures, and pustules on the palms of the hands. At the end of the study, almost everyone showed significant improvement. These results suggest that IFC may be a therapy for some forms of psoriasis.
Can taking a shower treat psoriasis?
It can if it's shower PUVA. Shower PUVA, being studied in Germany, is a new way of treating the skin with psoralen for phototherapy. The person with psoriasis takes a shower with water that contains psoralen. The water flows through a closed shower system and the psoralen accumulates in the upper layers of the person's skin. After the shower, the person's whole body is irradiated with UV light. For shower PUVA with trioxsalen, 10 minutes in the shower is needed to achieve the right amount of photosensitivity.
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