Sulphur & Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder and manifests externally in multiple forms, including plaque psoriasis, pustural psoriasis, and scalp psoriasis. Skin cells replenish very rapidly with psoriasis, and the body usually is unable to slough off the extra cells quickly enough. Learning more about sulfur and psoriasis can help individuals interested in avoiding conventional medical treatments such as steroids.

Considerations

  • Ease yourself into treatment with sulfur. Begin with a sulfur-containing soap, which is washed off immediately after use. If you don't experience any negative reactions such as redness or irritation, upgrade to a more intense treatment such as a sulfur-containing skin cream that absorbs into the skin.

Topical Treatment

  • Treating psoriasis with sulfur can be limited to topical applications. There is no FDA recommended daily allowance for sulfur, and most individuals easily can consume enough sulfur from their diets by eating sulfur-containing foods such as meat, fish, and eggs.

Potential Downside

  • One downside to using topical sulfur applications to treat psoriasis is the smell. Sulfur-containing products rarely smell pleasant. Schedule your product use around bedtime or a few hours before bath or shower time. This will help minimize any undesirable odor and mess.

Misconceptions

  • Don't self diagnose, especially when it comes to young children. If you plan to treat psoriasis with over-the-counter products, make sure you already have been given a correct diagnosis by a qualified physician. Psoriasis doesn't usually appear until the teenage years, at the earliest. If you have a young child with skin lesions, it is more likely to be eczema than psoriasis.

Warning

  • Always exercise caution when using sulfur to treat pustular psoriasis or other psoriasis lesions that are open and oozing. Discontinue use if redness or irritation occurs. Consult your physician if reactions don't subside within a few days, and consult your physician immediately if you experience a severe reaction.

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