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How To Prevent Psoriasis Flareups

by Stephen Silva

Psoriasis is a skin condition that is categorized by scaly, red and itchy patches. These patches are not just unsightly to look at; they can also be quite painful. Although there is no cure for this condition, it can be managed. Here are some helpful tips on preventing psoriasis flare-ups.

Use a Humidifier

A humidifier adds moisture to the air, so it is great for people with psoriasis. If you put a humidifier in the middle of your bedroom, it can keep your skin moist, which will reduce psoriasis flare-ups.

Be Careful in the Sun

If you have psoriasis, you have to be even more careful about exposing your skin to the sun. If you get a sunburn, it can make your psoriasis a lot worse. Before you step foot outdoors, do not forget to put sunscreen on your skin. 

Reduce Stress

Since stress can trigger psoriasis symptoms, it is important to relieve your anxiety. Some of the best ways to reduce stress include taking a hot bath, engaging in yoga, meditating and going for a long walk. 

Do not Pick at Your Skin

When you itch, it can be tempting to pick at your skin. However, scratching your skin can make your psoriasis worse and may even cause an infection. When your skin itches, try applying a moisturizer to the area.

Avoid Junk Food

Junk food is not just bad for your waistline; it can also lead to psoriasis flare-ups. Unhealthy foods, such as pizza, chips and burgers, contain a lot of saturated fats, sugars and starches, which can all lead to inflammation of the skin. If you eat more wholesome foods, like vegetables, chicken, brown rice and fish, your psoriasis symptoms may improve. 

Moisturize Your Skin

When you have psoriasis, it is even important to moisturize your skin regularly. If your skin becomes too dry, it can lead to flareups. Do not forget to apply a thick and creamy moisturizer to your skin every day. It is best to apply this moisturizer after you have taken a bath or shower.

Psoriasis is not always easy to live with, but you can manage it. If you follow these helpful tips, your skin will look and feel better. However, if you still get flare-ups all the time, you should make an appointment to see your doctor right away. A clinician can help determine why your psoriasis symptoms keep getting worse.