Natural treatments and remedies for prurigo nodularis

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Prurigo nodularis - Natural Treatments and Home Remedies

This is a skin condition in which hard crusty lumps are forming on the skin which is itching intensely. It can itch constantly, mostly at night or it can itch when a light brush of clothing sets off a round of severe itch. In many cases, the itch caused by prurigo nodularis can end when the prurigo nodularis is scratched to the point of pain or bleeding. The prurigo nodularis sore is hard and it is about half inch across.

The top of it is rough and dry and it is often scratched open. The old white scars are often found nearby from the old  sores. They usually occur in the places which are easily reached, such as legs, shoulders and arms. Someone can have a few prurigo nodularis while others can have dozens. The end result of scratching is prurigo nodularis. The scratching is causing the skin nerves to thicken and when it is stimulated, then they send strong itch signals.

The more stretching is done, the stronger they become which is similar as exercise for nerves. There are many cases in which the cause for prurigo nodularis is not found [1]. The most common factors which trigger prurigo nodularis are dermatitis herpetiformis, bullous pemphigoid, eczema, reduced function of the liver and kidneys and nervous and mental conditions.

This condition is difficult to treat but there are some home remedies which can give you a relief from it. You should talk with your doctor if you suffer from prurigo nodularis before you start using some of the below mentioned home remedies.

Home remedies for prurigo nodularis

home remedies for prurigo nodularis

Dietary changes: This is one of the natural treatments which are used to manage the prurigo nodularis. You should identify and eliminate the trigger foods. There are many people affected with prurigo nodularis who benefit from limiting gluten, artificial sweeteners and soy lecithin. [2]

Sunlight: One of the best natural treatments for prurigo nodularis is the exposure to sunlight because it has rehabilitating effect on this condition. When our skin is exposed to sun, then it releases a compound called nitric oxide which can lower the blood pressure and stimulate blood flow [3]. Also this component can help to remove the toxins from the blood because it enhances the blood filtration.

Salt bath: A trip to the ocean, or a bath in sea salt are very effective ways to minimize the prurigo nodularis. When you are soaking in sea salt, then the salt water penetrates the pores and it is absorbed into the blood stream. The salt can help to remove the accumulated lactic acid in the body, dry out sores and eliminate infection.

Lower your stress levels: It is known fact that the prurigo nodularis is often linked to emotional and psychological conditions, particularly because the itch – scratch cycle can cause anxiety and depression. There was one study in 2008 in which was shown that psychosomatic factors are present in at least 1/3 of all patients with dermatological conditions [4]. There was another study in 2011 in which was shown that the acupuncture and hypnosis are very useful as natural treatments for prurigo nodularis and these natural treatments can help to reduce the intensity of itching and the size and number of skin lesions [5].

Beeswax: You can use the beeswax as your natural treatment for prurigo nodularis because it has Vitamin A which is very effective for the skin and also it supports the cell reconstruction.

Neem: You can use neem as your natural treatment for prurigo nodularis. It has amazing medicinal properties and it is considered as a time – tested home remedy for skin problems. This home remedy has anti – bacteria, antifungal and anti – inflammatory properties. You can use neem capsules as your natural treatment because it can eliminate toxins from the body, purify the blood, remove excess of oil from the skin and gives proper nourishment to the skin.

Aloe Vera: This home remedy can help in managing different types of skin ailments. It is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E which are very powerful for the overall skin health. You should talk with your doctor about the best way for taking this home remedy for the prurigo nodularis. This home remedy can help you to maintain the natural glow of the skin, stimulates the development of skin cells, alleviates redness and dry skin patches, provides proper nourishment to the skin and keeps the skin hydrated. [6]

Vitamin D3: There was one study in 1996 which was done in Japan and in this study was said that a topical Vitamin D can help to heal lesions that are caused by prurigo nodularis in those people who have become resistant to the steroid treatment. In this study was noticed that positive results have happened in a period of four weeks of using this cream. [7]

Thyme: This home remedy is not well studied about its ability to reduce the itching that is caused by prurigo nodularis. It has active compound which has the ability to fight against skin infections but you need to talk with your doctor if you have decided to use thyme as your natural treatment for prurigo nodularis.

Capsaicin: You can apply capsaicin topically because it safe and effective home remedy for prurigo nodularis. This is a substance which is giving the hot peppers their heat. When it is applied to the skin, then it causes the body to release a substance called “substance P” which is only released when the tissues are damaged. The result of it is a burning pain but when the cream is regularly applied to your body, then the levels of “substance P” are depleted. Also the pain in that area is reduced. There was one study in which were tested 33 patients was noticed that these patients have experienced a complete elimination of the itchy skin nodules after months of the treatment with capsaicin.

Ginger tea: This is one of the best home remedies for prurigo nodularis. It is rich in gingerols which are very effective anti – inflammatory agents. These elements can help in the fight against swelling and itching. You can drink ginger tea on daily basis. Also you can take a ginger juice with a spoon of honey or ginger root powder with jiggery. These are all effective natural treatments for prurigo nodularis and they should be taken on daily basis.

Rosemary: There are some studies in which are said that rosemary has active ingredients which can help to reduce the skin infection. But this home remedy has not been studied about its effectiveness in reducing the itching caused by prurigo nodularis so you need to talk with your doctor before you start using the rosemary as your natural treatment for this condition. [8]

Apple cider vinegar: You should take apple cider vinegar as your natural treatment for prurigo nodularis. It can help to ease the pain and itching of prurigo nodularis. You should include five spoons of apple cider vinegar to your fruit juice and drink it on daily basis. You should continue using this home remedy because it will give you better results.

Eucalyptus oil: This is a very effective home remedy which can help to protect the irritated skin and also it will give you a relief from swelling and discomfort.

Sandalwood: There are many doctors who are recommending sandalwood paste as a home remedy for prurigo nodularis because it was found that it is soothing for the skin. You should apply it at night before you go to sleep.

Vitamins: You need to talk with specialist about vitamin supplements, especially Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A. All of these vitamins are known as skin vitamins and they can help in the skin regeneration and recovery. You can get these vitamins from your foods, such as broccoli, carrots, nuts, tomatoes, papayas, strawberries, limes and apples. You should consume them on regular basis. When you are using Vitamin A and Vitamin E oil as your natural treatment for prurigo nodularis, then they can help you to heal faster. But you need to talk with your doctor before you start using some of these vitamins because he or she will tell you if they are good for your condition.

Peppermint oil: This home remedy has been used for centuries to soothe the itch and soreness of the skin. It can be used as natural treatment for prurigo nodularis.

Jojoba oil: This is the world’s most nutrient rich and long – lasting moisturizer. This natural cure has unique consistency which can help in the treatment of prurigo nodularis. Also it has been noticed that this home remedy have the ability to repair the cracked skin.

References:

[1] Akarsu S, Ozbagcivan O, Ilknur T, et al. Xerosis cutis and associated co-factors in women with prurigo nodularis. Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia. 2018;93(5).

[2] Maco MW, Lee E, Wu Y, Lee R. Treatment of prurigo pigmentosa with diet modification: A medical case study. Hawai’i Journal of Medicine & Public Health. 2018;77(5):114–7.

[3] University of Southampton. Here comes the sun to lower your blood pressure. Science Daily. 2014. Retrieved from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140117090139.htm

[4] Harth W. Psychosomatic dermatology (psychodermatology). Journal of the German Society of Dermatology. 2008;6(1):67-76.

[5] Samuels N, Sagi E, Singer SR, Oberbaum M. Hypnosis and acupuncture (hypnopuncture) for prurigo nodularis: A case report. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. 2011;53(4):283-92.

[6] Hekmatpou D, Mehrabi F, Rahzani K, Aminiyan A. The effect of aloe vera clinical trials on prevention and healing of skin wound: A systematic review. Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences. 2019;44(1):1–9.

[7] Katayama I, Miyazaki Y, Nishioka K. Topical Vitamin D3 (tacalcitol) for steroid-resistant prurigo. British Journal of Dermatology. 1996;135(2):237-40.

[8] Khezri K, Farahpour MR, Rad SM. Accelerated infected wound healing by topical application of encapsulated Rosemary essential oil into nanostructured lipid carriers.  Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology. 2019;47(1):980-8.

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