Psoriasis is a common and chronic skin condition that speeds up a cell’s life cycle. It’s marked by the rapid build-up of cells, producing red, itchy and scaly lesions. The intensity and location of the patches mark the severity of the condition. In some cases, it may come and go with time. There is no real cure for it and instead, there are several treatment options that help you manage the condition and relieve the symptoms. Here are some important steps you should take when diagnosed with psoriasis.
There’s nothing quite like taking a nice bath to soothe those inflamed patches of skin. Firstly, remember not to bath in hot water- this will simply dry your skin out more and make matters worse. Use lukewarm water if at all and don’t stretch your baths longer than ten minutes. You can use oil recommended to you by your dermatologist or even Epsom salts to relieve itching and once done, pat yourself down gently. There’s nothing like a rough toweling down to ruin all your progress and aggravate the patches.
Your main battle here is to reduce the number of activities that will dry out your skin (and consequentially irritate it). A great way to do this is to take up moisturizing your skin daily. You might even have to do it several times a day depending on the intensity of your condition but essentially remember to do it right after you’ve patted yourself down from the shower. This helps make sure you’re sealing the moisture in. You might have to apply more during colder weather. Also opt for thicker moisturizing ointment. Your dermatologist at http://thesccc.com.au will be able to prescribe one for you.
It sounds detrimental, but controlled light exposure is often used as a form of treatment. Your doctor might introduce you to artificial light during appointments or task you with spending some time in contact with natural sunlight for as long as 5 minutes. Remember that overexposure can irritate your skin and cause a psoriasis flare.
It’s been said that stress too can contribute to your outbreak and worsen your symptoms. Thus, techniques to manage stress such as exercising for short periods of time, meditating and sleep also come highly recommended.
In general, alcohol and psoriasis are not a good combination because- one, liver disease is already high in people with this condition so drinking alcohol puts them further at risk. Two, it may interfere with your medication, therefore making treatments far less effective. If you do drink, it’s recommended that you keep it down to a moderate level. However, if you want to manage the condition better, you will have to drop the habit.
Many people have different triggers that irritate their skin- from something they ate and something that stresses them out or any recent illnesses etc. It could even be the weather. The best thing to do is to track your actions and the environmental conditions whenever your symptoms start to surface so you can eventually figure out what might be irritating your skin and avoid it.
By following these methods and a regular check-up with the dermatologist, you should be able to keep the discomfort to the minimum.