Treating your psoriasis is critical to good disease management and overall health. Work with your doctor to find a treatment that reduces or eliminate your symptoms. What works for one person with psoriasis might not work for another, so it’s important to know the different treatment options and keep trying until you find the right regime for you.
Besides the needed treatment therapy, several tips for daily management can be taken into account.
Psoriasis Treatment Tips
There are a few day to day things that you can do to minimise the effects of Psoriasis and help prevent flare-ups. These are just some lifestyle adjustments that you can follow and should not be seen as substitutes for medical treatment and therapy.
Psoriasis Management Tips
•Limiting showers and baths to ten minutes and using lukewarm water
•Use a non-irritating soap, preferably a body wash instead of a bar soap, which can cause dryness
•Pat dry with your towel after a shower as rubbing can irritate the skin
•Applying a moisturizer after a bath or shower helps lock in hydration and minimizes the flaking of psoriatic scales
What (not) to wear
•Wear looser-fitting, soft clothing made of lightweight natural fibres such as cotton and linen (avoid clothes made with wool and synthetic fibres)
•Avoid bleach and/or fabric softener or run clothes and sheets through an extra rinse cycle
•Eat nutritiously, exercise and maintain a healthy body weight (a high BMI of 25 or higher is associated with an increased incidence of psoriatic outbreaks)
•Keeping a food journal could help you look for possible links between specific foods and changes in the condition of your skin (one item proven to aggravate psoriasis is alcohol)
•Do not smoke, as it is known to aggravate psoriasis
•Try and keep the stress level under control (stress hormones may stimulate an already overactive immune system and can increase itching)
•Limited sun exposure is shown to suppress inflammation in the skin, however avoid getting sunburned, as it can worsen existing plaques and trigger new outbreaks. Psoriasis sufferers should always discuss sun exposure with their doctor first.
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