If you have psoriasis, it is likely going to be a constant battle for you to keep the symptoms of your conditions at bay. While you are not going to be able to prevent every single flare-up, unfortunately, you can keep most of them at bay. On this page, we want to talk about psoriasis prevention and walk you through ten different ways that you can prevent psoriasis flare-ups.
The Top 10 Psoriasis Prevention Methods
When your skin dries out, your symptoms are going to get worse. Therefore, you will want to ensure that you keep it moisturized. You do not need to use anything too fancy here. A good petroleum jelly is all that you need.
If you have scales, then put some moisturizer on your skin. Cover the skin with plastic wrap and then leave in place for a few hours. When you remove the plastic wrap, it should be easy to remove the scales from your skin.
Take care of your skin and scalp
If you have patches or scales on your skin or scalp, then don’t pick them.
In addition to this, you are going to want to ensure that you do not scratch yourself. Yes, we know that you are going to need to itch on occasion when you have psoriasis, but please try to avoid it as much as possible. You should trim your nails back so they are not sharp. This way if you do scratch, you won’t be irritating your skin as much.
This is going to be an important factor when it comes to your psoriasis symptoms. If you are in dry or cold weather, then it is likely that your symptoms are going to flare-up. Some people may actually notice an improvement in their symptoms when it is hot outside, although we can’t guarantee that this will be the case.
When the weather is dry, it is important that you ensure that you ensure that the area around you is kept nice and humid. We recommend that you get your hands on a humidifier when the weather is on the dry side. It will really help you out. You can purchase portable humidifiers.
When you have psoriasis, it is likely that you will want to pay a trip to your doctor on occasion. They can provide you with recommendations on how you can keep your flare-ups at bay. They can provide you with information on drugs which may impact your psoriasis (i.e. make it worse). There are several drugs which could have an impact. The most common are:
- Lithium: often used to treat psychiatric issues.
- Propranolol or any other beta-blocker: these are used to treat certain heart conditions.
It is likely that your doctor will be able to prescribe you with a substitute if any of these are making your flare-ups worse, although this is something that you will need to talk to them about so that they can provide you with assistance. If they can’t prescribe you with a substitute for whatever reason, then they should be able to provide you with information on how you can manage your symptoms a little better.
Yes. We know that this is not always going to be possible, but you should try to avoid injury as much as possible. Even the lightest amount of trauma to your skin can trigger a flare-up. You could trigger a flare-up simply by shaving, or even the lightest of insect bites (get some insect repellent here). If you are cutting in the kitchen, then make sure you wear gloves ‘just in case’.
If you have psoriasis, then you may find that the ultraviolet rays from the sun are beneficial to you. This is because the sun will help to slow down the speed at which your skin cells are growing at. However, you only need a small amount of sun. Twenty minutes at a time.
You must remember that sunburn can trigger psoriasis. This is why it is important that you wear sunscreen. This will help to reduce the risk of you suffering from skin cancer. Sunburn is also classed as an ‘injury’ to the skin, which can make your flare-ups a lot worse!
Studies have shown repeatedly that flare-ups can be linked to stress. If you are the type of person who is often anxious or stressed, then you do need to look into ways in which you can relieve this. Our best suggestion is to take up yoga or meditation. In addition to this, you may want to try to get to the root of what is causing your stress in the first place. This will really help you out.
There is no clearly defined link between psoriasis and alcohol. There is, however, a suggestion that alcohol can make flare-ups worse. You should try to cut back on it as much as possible. It is probably worth pointing out at this point that there are some drugs given for psoriasis which may have a bad interaction with the alcohol. Your doctor will inform you if this is the case.
Exercise and Diet
Finally; it is important that you maintain a healthy diet.
While there have been no studies carried out on the link between psoriasis and the food that you eat, it really can’t help to ensure that you are eating the right foods. Remember; you will want to strengthen your immune system as much as possible.
What we have seen, however, is that some people notice that their symptoms get a bit worse when they have dairy or gluten in their diet, both of which can trigger inflammation in the body. Therefore; it is worth making sure that you cut these out of your system.
Make sure that you exercise regularly too. There have been studies carried out over the years which do indicate that being overweight will make you more likely to suffer from a flare-up. Of course, how you can go about losing weight is out of the scope of this page.
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