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Living with psoriasis

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Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin disease that leads to inflammation and scaling of the skin. More than a skin disease, it could be emotionally taxing due to the unsightly appearance of the skin which might also lead to social isolation. Psoriasis causes appearance of red, flaky skin with crusty patches. They appear on the elbows, knees as well as lower back usually. These patches can, however, crop up anywhere on the body. The condition may cause minor irritation in a few people, and in case of others it turns out to be very painful and itchy condition.

In the recent times, living with psoriasis has become easier with several guidelines available to manage and tackle the skin condition.

We provide you a note on the same...

Your daily skin care regimen

Choose your beauty products wisely: Stick to the products or medicated soaps, shampoos, lotions, and face washes suggested by your doctor. If you are buying things on your ownthen make sure they are free from harsh chemicals. Always use gentle and mild moisturizer based products for your skin. Coal tar based shampoos suit many while you can use Dove for rinsing your body.

Keep your skin moisturized 24/7: You must keep your skin moisturized always to avoid scales and dryness. Carry a moisturizer with you while travelling. Apply a lighter lotion during daytime in the summer season. Petroleum jelly is a good option.

Maintain hygiene and keep yourself clean: Take proper care of your hygiene to avoid an outbreak of other skin problems. Bathe in lukewarm water every day and pat dry your skin gently with a soft towel followed by the application of moisturizing lotion.

What you should not do to your skin

Scratching and picking: Sensing itchiness on the inflamed portion of the skin is quite obvious, but you have to control. Do not scratch or pick your skin under any circumstance. This might lead to severe flare ups, skin tears and lesions.

Avoid exposure to the harsh rays of the sun: The harsh UV rays of the sun are absolutely damaging on psoriasis. So avoid tanning beds, sun bathing and steam treatments. The normal dose of sun to which you might be exposing yourself does no harm.

Your diet and lifestyle matters

Diet: People affected with psoriasis are a bit higher risk of having cardiovascular disease and diabetes. To do away with them, eat a balanced diet. Your doctor will definitely recommend a healthy diet plan and make sure you stick to it. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.

Quit smoking and alcohol: Smoking and alcohol do nothing good, but increase your risk of heart problems and diabetes.So, try to give up!

Exercise: Quite essentially, you have to exercise. Check with a physiotherapist to know the exercises that would also safeguard you from developing psoriasis arthritis.

Dealing with emotional issues

Yes, counselling helps a lot to deal with emotional issues. So feel free to talk it out with your doctor. If you are suffering from low self esteem, anxiety and depression due to the skin condition then try to get over it. Read over the internet how people are dealing with psoriasis and leading a perfectly normal life. Emotional stress and isolating oneself are not the cures for psoriasis.

Continue your treatment

Follow the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. Continuing treatment for a long time helps to control the flare up. In this perspective, discuss the cost involved with your doctor who would also help properly plan out your financial concerns.

Many people have found a way to overcome psoriasis with the newer treatments available. They will cost you about $20,000 a year. Thus, do check with your insurance agency, how much of it can be covered under your policy. Along with the treatment, do follow the strategies mentioned above. This will help reduce the flare-ups and allow living with psoriasis easily.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: April 28, 2015