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Managing your Psoriasis during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Psoriasis is a chronic, lifelong disease that requires constant awareness and monitoring. This can be especially challenging during the current pandemic. It is important to understand that having Psoriasis may not put you at an increased risk of developing COVID-19, but being alert and vigilant will help you handle your condition better.[1]

4 important points to help manage Psoriasis during the pandemic

Learn About Triggers

Identify triggers

Track your symptoms

Track symptoms

Talk to dermatologist

Connect with your Dermatologist

Adhere to skin care routine

Adhere to your treatment plan

Identify your triggers:

Triggers can impact all aspects of life. Learning about common triggers that can cause sudden increases in symptoms, e.g., stress, changes in weather, medications, alcohol, infections, etc. will help you deal with them better.[2]

Track your symptoms:

Keeping tabs on your symptoms will help you feel more in control of your condition and can act as an indicator to connect with your Dermatologist. Tools like digital cameras or smart phones can be used as ways to record your symptoms.[3][4]

Easy to use tools for symptom tracking are:

Connect with your Dermatologist:

Staying in touch with your Dermatologist can help you discuss your symptoms, resolve queries and ensure treatment continuation.
You can contact your Dermatologist using telemedicine consulting or by visiting the clinic.[5][6][7]

Remember to connect with your Dermatologist if you notice a change in symptoms, a flare-up or COVID-19 like symptoms.

Points to keep in mind for a telemedicine consulting:

  • Book a slot for telemedicine consultation.
  • Agree to a mode of consulting (e.g., video call, audio call, etc.) and familiarize yourself with the platform.
  • Write down your questions in advance.
  • Be prepared with photographs of your lesions and prescriptions.

Points to keep in mind during clinic visits:

  • Take an appointment in advance.
  • Decide on your mode of travel and ensure safety while traveling.
  • Write down your questions in advance.
  • Carry with you mask, sanitizers, current prescription and your symptom tracker or DLQI sheets.
  • Comply with clinic requirements like safety checks and social distancing while in the clinic.

Adhere to your treatment plan

You may have several questions regarding the safety of your Psoriasis medications during the pandemic. It is important to remember that your Dermatologist is the best judge to decide on treatment continuation.[8]

Do not alter, delay or stop your treatment without consulting your Dermatologist.

Tips to Manage Psoriasis at Home[9]

  • Implement skin care routines like daily baths and moisturizing.
  • Work on managing your triggers. Stress is one of the most common Psoriasis triggers. Stress management techniques like meditation and physical exercise are important life skills to manage your symptoms.
  • Implement healthy lifestyle changes like a well-balanced diet, exercise, adequate sleep and avoidance of smoking and alcohol consumption.
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References

  1. National Psoriatic Foundation. About Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. Available [Online] at: https://www.psoriasis.org/sites/default/files/about_psoriasis_and_psoriatic_arthritis1.pdf  Accessed on 22 Jan 2020.

  2. Bhosle MJ, et al. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2006, 4:35 doi:10.1186/1477-7525-4-35. 2. Tracking Your Psoriasis Outbreaks. Available[online] at URL: https://www.webmd. com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/flare-ups. As accessed on July 2, 2020.

  3. Tracking Your Psoriasis Outbreaks. Available[online] at URL: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/flare-ups. As accessed on July 2, 2020.

  4. Why You Should Track Your Psoriasis Symptoms. Available[online] at URL: https://www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/treatment/tracking-psoriasis-symptoms/. As accessed on July 2, 2020.

  5. Everyday health. A Guide to Living With Psoriasis During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Help, Resources, and Making a Personal Checklist. Available [Online] at: https://www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/a-guide-to-living-with-psoriasis-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-help-resources-and-making-a-personal-checklist/ Accessed on 21 July 2020.

  6. IAVDL. Telemedicine practice guidelines (April 2020). Available [Online] at: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/iadvl-announcements-new/ announcement-5e8ad489cb2155.75183476.pdf Accessed on 21 July 2020.

  7. AAD. What psoriasis treatments are available without prescription. Available [Online] at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis/treatment/medications/non-prescription.

  8. Walgreen_A patient guide to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Available [online] at URL: http://www. walgreens.com/images/pdfs/pharmacy/11SP0202_ Psoriasis_Overview_BKLT.pdf. As accessed on December 27, 2019.

  9. WebMD. 7 Tips for Psoriasis Skin Care. Available [Online] at: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/ psoriasis/psoriasis-skin-care-tips Accessed on 9 July 20