Do's and don'ts of psoriasis management

Remember that psoriasis is a manageable skin condition. Although a conscientious effort is needed, you can help to keep psoriasis under control and prevent it from flaring up.

There are different things you can do to help you manage this condition. Here are just a few examples:

  • If you're planning to spend some time outdoors, use a suitable sunscreen to help keep the skin moist and well protected from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
  • Make sure to shower or bathe daily with warm water to help remove scales. If possible, avoid using harsh soaps on your skin.
  • Not all lesions are itchy, but if yours are, take the following steps to reduce dry skin and itchiness:
    • Keep your skin well moisturized.
    • Trim your fingernails regularly and keep them short but at a comfortable length.
    • Do not use fabric softener when washing or drying clothes.
    • When doing laundry, avoid using strong detergents that dry the skin.
    • Wear loose-fitting clothes made of cotton fabric.
    • Use a humidifier to help keep the skin moist.
  • Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about medications that can worsen or trigger psoriasis. Some medications such as beta blockers (e.g. metoprolol) and lithium can worsen psoriasis. Be sure to take your medications as directed by your doctor and pharmacist. Do not stop any medications on your own without consulting a health care professional.
  • Consider some lifestyle changes:
    • Some people find that an effective way to manage psoriasis is to lower their stress. Take some personal time to reacquaint yourself with your favorite hobbies or take that well-deserved vacation.
    • Limit your alcohol intake and quit smoking.
    • Exercise regularly and eat healthier – it goes a long way towards maintaining overall good health.

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