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Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help Treat Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms?

People have long been using apple cider vinegar (ACV) as a home remedy for health issues ranging from dandruff to toe fungus. But is ACV — whether applied topically or consumed — safe and effective for treating the skin-related psoriasis symptoms that can often occur with psoriatic arthritis?

“The information we have on ACV is based on limited research and data, and is mostly anecdotal,” says Andres E. Ayesta, RD, owner of Planos Nutrition in Tampa, Florida. The active ingredient in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid, produced when apples are fermented and exposed to certain enzymes. “Acetic acid kills harmful bacteria, which is the main reason ACV has been used as a disinfectant and preservative,” Ayesta says.

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Can You Apply Apple Cider Vinegar Directly to the Skin for Psoriatic Arthritis?

Applying ACV in diluted form to your skin may help relieve the redness and flakiness associated with psoriatic arthritis. ACV can help change the skin’s pH levels to lessen flaking, says Nicole Avena, PhD, an expert in diet and nutrition and an associate professor of neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. It’s important to note, though, that any relief this might provide doesn’t address the underlying joint issues associated with psoriatic arthritis, says Ayesta. And you should proceed cautiously.

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