Important Care Tips For Psoriasis
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an itchy, burning sensation and irritating skin condition that can develop on any part of the body. Adults are commonly affected by it and the severity of psoriasis depend on the specific body part affected. If psoriasis is present on the chest, neck, back and abdomen, it may appear as large red patches; it can also present as smaller patches across the skin on the forehead, scalp and other skin folds.
Because psoriasis is dry and scaly, it usually looks like dandruff flakes. It can cause hair loss, distorted finger nails, and blistered palms and soles. When psoriasis is left untreated, it can also cause pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints apart from the burning and irritating sensation on the skin.
What Are The Causes Of Psoriasis?
As of the moment, the exact cause of psoriasis is still unknown. But certain environmental and genetic factors may contribute to its development. Some external factors that trigger psoriasis include:
- Severe skin injuries (such as prolonged sunburn)
- Certain infections
- Alcohol and smoking
- Changes in hormonal levels
Important Self-Care Techniques For Psoriasis
- Bathe regularly – Bathing is an important self-care technique, because it keeps the skin moist and free from bacteria. But keep in mind that too much bathing can also dry out the skin. Never dry off with towel; pat dry and apply moisturizer is more preferred. Avoid too much hot water temperature, because it can irritate psoriasis further; bath with lukewarm water instead.
- Keep the skin moisturized – Dry skin exacerbates itchiness and irritation. When this happens, it is likely that the person will scratch the skin, causing further damage to the skin and increasing the severity of the psoriasis. It is important to apply moisturizer or topical ointments specifically designed for psoriasis right after every bath.
- Stop smoking – Research studies suggest that smoking can increase the likelihood of an individual to develop psoriasis. Smokers with psoriasis should stop as soon as possible.
- Always follow your dermatologist’s treatment plan – Consistency is the key. Regular application of therapeutic ointments, avoidance of too much sunlight exposure, keeping the skin moisturized and clean, as well as not scratching the irritated skin should become a habit to get well sooner than later. Making all of these a part of the daily routine is essential for faster recovery.
Related Video On Psoriasis:
“Treating Psoriasis on the Hands and Feet.” Web MD. Retrieved online on August 18, 2014 from http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hands-feet
“Psoriasis Treatments At Home.” Web MD. Retrieved online on August 18, 2014 from http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis-treatment-13/overview?page=2