Healthy living with psoriasis is possible! Living healthy with psoriasis involves:
- eating healthy
- making sure you are using the most effective treatment for you
- finding the right treatment option to meet your expectations and give you satisfactory results
- staying physically active to help you feel better and healthier
- avoiding your psoriasis triggers
- finding ways to deal with the impact of psoriasis
- finding a support network that you can turn to for help
You should also learn to care for your skin and nails.
Skin care tips to help you manage psoriasis:
- Keep your skin moisturized. Moisturizing will help prevent dry skin and itching. Use a moisturizer or emollient after showering or bathing to help seal the water into your skin.
- Keep the air in your home and office moist by using a humidifier, especially in the winter, when dry heat can worsen psoriasis.
- Avoid scratching the skin and picking at lesions.
- Try a warm oatmeal bath to help relieve itching.
- Use warm, not hot, water when showering or bathing. Dermatologists recommend short, warm showers with fragrance-free cleansers. Do not rub the skin dry; gently pat instead.
- Wear cotton clothing, which is less irritating to the skin than other fabrics.
- Try swimming (in saltwater, if possible), which is good exercise and helps psoriasis by removing dead skin.
Nail care tips to help you manage psoriasis:
- Cut nails straight across to prevent ingrown nails. Before cutting nails, soak them for 10 to 20 minutes in warm water.
- Keep nails as short as possible.
- Use manicure scissors to trim up to the point where the nail is firmly attached to the nail bed.
- Avoid vigorous rubbing and scraping when cleaning the nails.
- Wear gloves if you need to work with your hands.
- To help prevent the friction that causes toenails to thicken, wear comfortable, roomy shoes.
- Nurses who work in psoriasis clinics may have very practical and effective tips about triggers and your daily life.
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