Preventing Psoriasis Flare-ups

Having a chronic disease such as psoriasis can make you feel helpless. One way to feel more in control of your life is to learn how to prevent the flare-ups from occurring. Here are some helpful tips to paying attention to your body and to your disease.

Moisturize

Baths and lotions do not clear the skin but they can go a long way to giving you comfort. When you moisturize the skin you are preventing your skin from getting dry. Dry skin becomes irritated and cracked.

The best way to moisturize is to apply a lotion directly to the skin, then wrap the area to keep the area moist. You will want to apply the moisturizers that are thick or oily moisturizers do best when it comes to keeping the moisture on the skin.

Don’t Pick or Scratch

Although it is difficult, you must not pick at the lesions or scales or the scabs they form. It is a good idea to always keep your nails short to prevent you from scratching when the itch becomes unbearable. Scalp psoriasis must be treated with care by using preparations or shampoos recommended by your doctor or dermatologist.

Some scalp treatments are tar shampoos and must be used so that not just the hair is washed but the entire head, including the scalp. Another helpful advice is to bath regularly in a solution that will soothe your skin.

Avoid the weather conditions that will dry out your skin such as extreme cold or harsh winds and also the heat of the summer sun. As a general rule the symptoms of psoriasis improve during the hot weather months except when the air is got and humid. A humidifier will help to keep your skin moist during the dry weather seasons.

Watch Medications

Be on the look out for medications that can dry out your skin. Drugs that can make psoriasis wore are: lithium, some scalp treatments are tar shampoos and must be used so that not just the hair is washed but the entire head, including the scalp. Another helpful advice is to bath regularly in a solution that will soothe your skin.

Avoid the weather conditions that will dry out your skin such as extreme cold or harsh winds and also the heat of the summer sun. As a general rule the symptoms of psoriasis improve during the hot weather months except when the air is got and humid. A humidifier will help to keep your skin moist during the dry weather seasons.

Be on the look out for medications that can dry out your skin. drugs that can make psoriasis wore are: lithium, beta-blockers such as inderal and also other heart medications like cardioquin or Quinidex, and those prescribed for arthritis like indocin and indochron.

When a doctor wants to prescribe any of these, be proactive and tell the doctor about your psoriasis and that the medication being considered may cause a flare-up. The doctor should be able to choose an alternative medication.