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Psoriasis is a disease that needs to be managed inside out. There are many environmental factors that can trigger symptoms and signs of Psoriasis. Keeping a record of your symptom flares will help you and your Dermatologist to identify the right triggers and keep them at bay.
Once you have positively identified your triggers, do all you can to avoid them. Here are some helpful tips and lifestyle changes that you can adopt.
Reduce risk of flare-ups from stress
It is important for you to identify your stressors i.e., situations or feelings that increase your anxiety and inculcate lifestyle changes to manage your stress.
Remember, stress relieving practices should be carried out even when you are feeling calm.
Reduce the risk of flare-ups from a skin injury
Injuries are your triggers? Here are some quick tips for you
Reduce the risk of weather-related flare-ups
Seasonal flares can affect healthy skin as well as Psoriatic skin. However, managing seasonal changes can be a challenge if you are suffering from Psoriasis.
Impact of winter on Psoriatic skin
A combination of dry air, less sunlight and a drop in temperature can prove disastrous to your already inflamed and itchy skin, causing an sharp increase in itchiness and flaking resulting in flares
Here are some handy hints to handle dry, cold weather
Impact of summer on Psoriatic skin
A rise in temperature and humidity can cause profuse sweating leading to skin irritation and a subsequent increase in flakes and itch. Other reasons for flare-ups could be the increased time spent in an air-conditioned environment or if you have a sunburn.
In warm weather, here are some tips to reduce risk of triggering your symptoms
Reduce the risk of flare-ups from smoking and drinking
Reduce the risk of flare-ups due to infection
Reduce the risk of flare-ups from medication
Caring for your skin is an important part of the Psoriasis treatment strategy. Incorporate these simple skin rituals to help you deal with your symptoms better:
Ask your Dermatologist for a skin care routine that will suit your unique Psoriasis. The appropriate treatment strategy and the right skin care routine is your key to Unhide!
Treating Psoriasis depends on the extent of symptoms and the type of Psoriasis. Few people with a mild form of the disease are able to manage their symptoms with the right moisturizer, an anti-dandruff shampoo and sunlight. But most Psoriasis sufferers need specialised treatment to control their symptoms
Finding the right treatment that suits your unique Psoriasis symptoms is very crucial.
Medical science has greatly evolved in the last decade which has led to the development and availability of many different types of treatments to manage Psoriasis better.
Your Dermatologist would have prescribed medications based on your symptom type and severity.
All you need to do is fill up a simple questionnaire called the Dermatology Life Quality Index Score. This questionnaire measures how much your Psoriasis has impacted your life over the past week. Each answer that you give has a rating which will enable your Dermatologist to make an assessment on how well your treatment is working for you.
Understanding your treatment choices will help you and your Dermatologist work out your optimal treatment strategy.
Psoriasis is a disease that needs not only the right treatment approach, but also the right lifestyle modification. It is through being physically active and eating well that you can make yourself better able to tackle Psoriasis head on.
Psoriasis and exercise
While exercising is an important part of managing your overall health, it also plays a major role in the management of Psoriasis. Physical activity can help you lose weight and is known to reduce inflammation and other Psoriasis-related symptoms.
Here’s a list of exercises that will help:
Stretching and range-of-motion (yoga/tai chi)
Strengthening, such as weight training
Aerobic exercises (walking, swimming, etc.)
Start with lighter activities, gradually progressing to more strenuous work-outs. It is important to consult your Dermatologist before initiating any exercise routine. Physical activity of any kind can sometimes be difficult, mainly due to sweating and friction which tends to further irritate your skin.
Psoriasis and diet
There is not much evidence about the role of dietary modification and Psoriasis triggers. However, it is important that you eat right so that you are able to maintain a healthy weight. Appropriate nutritional status also helps you prevent gaining weight and will enable you to ward off infections effectively.
Remember, weight gain and infections can trigger a flare-up.
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