Last Modified on Jan 30, 2016
While prurigo nodularis is somewhat difficult to treat, many natural treatment options have been identified as effective. Bath soaks, exposure to sunlight and certain dietary changes offer relief from outbreaks of the condition. Certain natural oils, such as emu oil, are effective for softening and relieving the skin.
What is Prurigo Nodularis?
Characterized by firm, itchy lumps on the skin, prurigo nodularis is a progressive skin condition. Lumps generally range in size from 1 to 3 cm in diameter and have a raised, warty appearance. The condition often begins as a somewhat small, red , itchy bump that spreads to include more lesions. The cause of the condition is unknown at this at this point but scratching does exacerbate the disorder.
Home Remedies for Skin Lesions
Eliminating infection, minimizing itching and reducing inflammations are all important factors in treating prurigo nodularis. A variety of home remedies have been identified as effective for treating the condition. Salt baths, sunlight and dietary changes are among the most effective treatment options available.
A bath in sea salt or even a trip to the ocean is an effective treatment option for minimizing prurigo nodularis. During a soak, the salt water penetrates the pores and is absorbed into the blood stream. This salt helps remove accumulated lactic acid in the body, eliminated infection and dries out sores.
Exposure to the sun also has a rehabilitating effect for treating prurigo nodularis. When exposed to the sun, the skin releases a compound called nitric oxide, which helps stimulate blood flow and lower blood pressure. This compound also functions to remove toxins from the blood as it enhances blood filtration.
Dietary changes are another component used to manage this skin condition. Identifying and eliminating trigger foods is the goal for treating the condition through diet. Many individuals benefit from limiting soy lecithin, artificial sweeteners and gluten.
Nodular prurigo is an aggressive skin condition that manifests as very itchy firm lumps on the skin. While it is a condition that is relatively difficult to treat, many natural options offer relief of the condition.
Remedies for Prurigo Nodularis
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[YEA] A home remedy that inhibits nodular prurigo virus inside skin.
I am careful to write "inhibits" rather than kills, because my current experiment is just four to five days old, and can be considered as an effective treatment, not an actual cure until such time as when I might report that all of my lesions have gone and no further lesions form in the next three months. A friend gave me a bottle of vodka brandy after I told him I might try drinking a few Brandy Alexanders to see if any change occurs with my skin lesions. I barely drank any cos I am not really a drinker. So the bottle sat around for past four months. until four days ago when I decided to dab some on to my scalp where I had been plagued with recurring plaques for the third time inside two years. This last phase beginning last christmas til now.
To cut a long story short, I am overjoyed to be able to tell you that my scalp feels totally rejuvenated. there is still one tender spot to touch, but in the space of less than four days, all plaques are gone from my scalp and now I am dabbing the alcohol on the several spots on face plus a couple on left shoulder. After two days these areas already look so much better. also I bathe mob once a day. Use aveeno. One does still need to pick clean the area, but it works easier after annihilating the virus.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Amy (Florida) on 09/05/2015
[YEA] I suffered with Prurigo Nodularis for 5 months. I was given steroids, shots, antibiotics. I found a forum in the UK that said to try Valtrex. I had sores all over my body. The first wk on Valtrex I saw fast healing, by 2 wks my face , back, chest, arms were clear. 4th wk legs almost clear the last thing to clear were my feet and they were awful looking. I suffered for so long and I have scars everywhere if only I took Valtrex first! I just want to spread the word! I took 2 500 mg a day for 4 wks. I hope I can help someone else.
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YEA (1) 50% SIDE EFFECT (1) 50%Posted by Barb G (Naples, Fl) on 06/17/2014
[YEA] My PN started with 31 squamous cell cancers over a period of 3 years. Got rid of those with surgeries, radiation and scrape and burn. It stopped for a year after I took Soriatane for 4 months...had to stop that med because my hair started falling out. But no more cancers for a year. The next 7 biopsies came back as PN. I tried a lot of remedies I found in this forum. Got depressed and went to a psychiatrist who gave me amytriptoline and klonopin for the itching and depression. The next visit he said he researched PN and prescribed Valtrex as most of the PN was on major nerve lines and thought this might be a virus related to shingles. First 1000mg then 2000mgs per day the next month. Eureka! No new PNs and all the rest of the 39 I had are shrinking, drying out and turn white and peel off. Most are gone but the larger ones are white and peeling off.
I truly think this is viral. That's probably why tea tree oil helped some people.
As background...I also had MRSA from one of the squamous surgeries...and pseudemonas Aer...something after a MOHs surgery with a skin graft. One Doc gave me doxycycline IVs and I think Vancomycin for one of the infections. I noted several people online had MRSA and had one or two of these drugs. Maybe they set you up for PN...?
Another thing that helped was a chemo liquid for skin cancer called 5 FU...it only kills abnormal skin cells and helped stop the itching of PN and dried out the sores.
I recently had a painful reaction to the 5 FU on a fast growing bump. I had it biopsied and it was squamous cell cancer. This happened before I took the anti viral meds. A new dermatologist is going to try acutane next month for the prevention of any new cancers. I hope this helps someone.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Rukhsana (Uk) on 11/04/2015
[YEA] I was diagnosed with Prurigo Nodularis in November 2012.. Mainly on my upper back, elbows and buttocks. I've had all the steroid creams, antibiotics, doxycyline, doxipin, oxytetracycline from which I got temporary relief.. I've been to dermatologists twice ..had biopsy done, more steroid creams doxipin.. Two months ago I had a flare up, same cycle went back to drs.. This time I was given fluixillin (antibiotics) and predenisone (steroids) for a week. The sores healed up very quickly and itching went magically. After two weeks it came back with a vengeance and now it spread to my lower back and legs, scalp start peeling and all my private area .. With intensive itching day and all night. Now I got severe psoriasis and prurigo nodularis. Barely got 2 hours sleep. More steroid creams .. Its a vicious cycle...
I decided enough and rang my family who live in Pakistan.. My late grandfather was a well established herbalist (Ayurvedic). I cried and told them my situation and asked if they knew any cure .. They told me that they remember my uncle had it years ago and my grandfather treated him .
I was told to stop all chemically stuff and start on herbal treatment as this will cure it from the roots and will never return.. I was willing to try anything. I was asked to source an Ayurvedic named Gandhak (detoxified sulphur). I suggest you do your own research. It took me days to find a herbalist here in UK who sold it...and he confirmed my aunt's suggestion for treating this skin disease..apparently when I researched it further I discovered this is what homoeopaths give to their patients for skin conditions too but very low doses. So patients keep going back for ages. I've seen it in a well known British store in the homeopathic section.
I managed to get 250 grammes powder from UK. My aunt told me to take one level teaspoon in morning and one at night on an empty stomach with a cup of whole warm milk that should have a teaspoon of clarified butter mixed into it.. So I put the gandhak in my mouth it feels very dry as its powder and then I quickly drink milk over it (very important to take the milk mixture with it).. I was skeptical ..
I'm on day five and what a difference, everything is starting to dry up.. The itching is still there but I was told it would take while to go down and be patient.. I have never seen it healing so quickly in the 3 years. I'm amazed. So take it for 7 days then miss 4 days then 7 days miss 4 days keep repeating this pattern until it dies down.. Shouldn't need to take it more than 6 to 8 weeks.
I was also told to take a teaspoon of evening primrose oil in morning and teaspoon of blackseed oil at night as this moisturises your body from the inside.. So does the milk and butter mixture.
It's early stages but I can miraculously see it working.. My aunt said do not have a soak in the bath as this keeps the wounds seeping, instead have a bucket bath or shower Twice a day. Final rinse should be to put 2 caps dettol into a bucket and pour on yourself (this might not work for all its to help to reduce itching). If you've got it on your scalp then pour the dettol mixture from head to toe.
Come out of shower/bath then put evening primrose oil mixed with wheat germ oil and massage it in ... I'm so relieved and shocked at the difference its made...aunt told me to remember ayurvedic medicines take longer to work but get the disease from the roots unlike steroid creams tablets which are temporary and poison our bodies.. I've also been told to purify my blood from all the toxins I. Have taken in using medicines over these three years
.. It's called neem(from a neem tree)
I got neem powder boiled 50grammes in 300 grammes of water until it halved in consistency. Sieve this and take two tablespoon in morning and two at night with loads of water as it is the most bitterest thing I have ever tasted .. It takes some getting used to..but it purifies your blood is anti fungal, antibacterial etc ..so is the gandhak I hate taking this the neem its so bitter. But I'm going to persevere..
You are welcome to contact me through this post if I can help anyone I will and am willing to update my progress...
Please do your own research on gandhak and neem and take it at your own decision..
I felt I had to post this because of the suffering I've gone through over these three years and could see no end to it.. And hopefully it might help others.
Also lather yourself with mixture of equal amounts of mustard oil evening primrose oil , wheat germ oil and raw organic coconut oil.all over ..massage it well into the skin to keep it moist and to help with itching
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Posted by Anelissa (Brisbane, AU) on 08/10/2014
The home remedies you list for Nodular Prurigo are pretty useless. In fact, sunlight made my rash worse. Doxycycline dispelled the erythema, but didn't overcome the NP.
I am glad for your webpage, because I was running out of ideas and one of your posters has led me to try Valtrex anti-viral medication, so I'm feeling very excited about this. My condition was misdiagnosed by at least 5 doctors and two specialist since January 2012, only 1 GP was adamant about NP. Finally a third biopsy in March 2014 came back with NP as per Pathology Lab result. Consider if this is a virus, how it may be transmitted via blood transfusion - I'm no expert in immunology, so it's more of a query than a caution. Number of cases of NP are springing up all around me. Just saying, if a virus, then we should be so lucky as to know of one anti viral med that was a success in the cure for NP. Regards Anelissa (pseudonym)
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by Louise (New York) on 03/21/2013
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Remedy for Prurigo Nodularis:
I have had this skin disease for years. The only thing that has worked for me is a combination of salt baths and sunlight. During the winter months, when I can't get to the beach, I put sea salt in my bath and soak in it. It clears up infected sores and dries them out and they form a crust which can be pumiced off with an emery board of callus pumice. It also helps to decrease the itching and therefore the scratching as well. When the weather gets warmer, I lie in the sun. Sun exposure is the best treatment. I have gone from approximately 200 sores on my arms and legs to about a dozen.
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