Does low dose aspirin cure scalp psoriasis
Aspirin belongs to a group of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that are mainly used to treat acute and chronic pain associated with rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis and even headache.
Why Aspirin could be used for psoriasis?
Psoriasis is neither an infection nor a pain causing stimuli. It is auto-immune disorder that affects skin cells and produces their excessive and immature population. Aspirin shows its activity by following inhibitory mechanism against the production of prostaglandins in the body. The basic function of prostaglandins is to produce the inflammation and swelling so their inhibition may lead to reduction in swelling and inflammation. Aspirin may work for few patients in order to reduce inflammation and swelling at the site of psoriasis.
Aspirin is not a safe remedy for psoriasis and but it is recently being prescribed for plantar psoriasis. Plantar psoriasis is a type of psoriasis that affects only the palms of hands and bottoms of feet. So if aspirin is used regularly or on daily basis as all psoriasis treatment options are required than it may damage your digestive tract. Aspirin has bad reputation for digestive tract because there is well established data that confirms the ulcer and sore formation in stomach due to regular use of aspirin. Therefore you should only use aspirin as treatment for psoriasis when it is advised or prescribed by qualified physician only.
Aspirin can also interact with other medications so you must consult a physician before its intake. Psoriasis can rapidly flare up when the use of aspirin is quitted so it must be used at lower regular doses to prevent flares or at least to increase the length of flare’s occurrence.
There are few evidences that support the effectiveness of Aspirin against psoriasis even when common and popular medications fail to respond. Although aspirin has neither anti-bacterial nor anti-viral properties but it could be treatment option for psoriasis mainly due to its anti-inflammatory and pain reducing ability. Long term use of low dose aspirin could treat psoriasis but it does not mean that it is enough to abolish psoriasis. Low dose aspirin is only effective when it is being used. After discontinuation, psoriasis may start again in the same way as it was previously.
Except aspirin other NSAIDs such as naproxen and indomethacin are not linked with psoriasis treatment rather they could flare-up psoriasis and start an episode of psoriasis again. So you should not take any NSAIDs before consultation with doctor when you are suffering from chronic illness of psoriasis.
For aspirin the most suitable and safe dose is 75 mg per day. It is better to take it after breakfast with glass of water. It is also advised that you may either take one fourth of aspirin tablet and dissolve it in glass of water or take gastric coated 75 mg tablet to reduce the side effects of aspirin. The intake of low dose aspirin should not be more than 5 years for complete gastric safety because low dose aspirin follow the mechanism of action through immune cells and liver signaling.