Psoriasis is considered to be a skin condition the most unusual of all.
The reason for psoriasis is the fast multiplication of skin cells and it usually affects the feet soles, hands, scalp, elbows and knees.
The most common symptoms of psoriasis are:
- Patches of crust and scales
- Nail problems
- Patches of red and inflamed skin*
Doctors consider the following as factors that contribute to the development of psoriasis: heavy drinking, smoking (second hand smoking too), skin injury, infections, particular medications, stress and dry weather.
So if you doubt that you have psoriasis you need to plan your first step. So here are some things that you should or shouldn’t do in that case.
DON’T do these things in case of psoriasis.
1. DON’T stress out
Stress can increase the inflammation of psoriasis even more, so you need to stay calm and do not stress out, and you can also do these things to improve your condition like sleeping well, exercising, and eating healthy and well. You can also practice meditation in order to relax and calm yourself.
2. DON’T give up
It can be a very annoying process because the same treatment does not work for everyone, and it is very important to find the correct treatment for you. So don’t give up and have patience.
3. DON’T be too aggressive
It is also very important to treat the psoriasis very gently. Do not scrub the lesions because you will only make it worse and irritate them even more. It is also not recommended to bathe in very hot water
4. DON’T ignore flare-ups
Bad news is that the psoriasis cannot be cured, but do not get disappointed right away because you do not have to live with it in the worst condition. If the condition appears again after you have treated it, consult your doctor immediately to find out another way how to keep it under control.
DO these things in case of psoriasis
1. DO moisturize
One of the factors that contribute to the appearance of psoriasis is dry skin, so you should moisturize your skin. So apply a big amount of moisturizing oil or cream on your skin right after showering or bathing, to moisturize your skin well.
2. DO take a soak
It is also recommended in the case of psoriasis to shower or soak in warm water (not too hot) for about fifteen minutes in order to reduce the dry scales and it will also help with the inflammation and the itching. You can also put some bath gel, bath oil, oatmeal, or sea salt which contains coal tar and it will make the skin even more moisturized and will also soothe the skin.
3. DO reach out
If you suffer from psoriasis you can feel constantly exhausted physically and also it can take all your energy emotionally. So you can feel isolated, frustrated and depressed. But there are more than 125 million people who suffer from psoriasis so you are not the only one who feels helpless, self-conscious and tired. You can share what you feel with your friends and family and also with your doctor. You can also get in touch with other people, who have psoriasis through organizations like the National Psoriasis Foundation, online chats and message boards, and you can also get more information online about research developments and more events about fund-raising walks and more.
4. DO consult a dermatologist
You should definitely consult a dermatologist who can help you with the treatment. The dermatologist can inform you and point out the newest development about the treatment plan of psoriasis. You can also consult the dermatologist about your condition of psoriasis like your first signs of psoriasis, about your symptoms, anything that you think deteriorates your symptoms, and about the treatments you have tried and what is efficient and what not in your case.
5. DIY rescue remedy cream
There are some home ingredients that you can use to reduce the itching, redness, thickness and scaling and you can make a cream with capsaicin, aloe vera gel and avocado oil. You can also add some medical grade essential oils in the cream and it will help to reduce the symptoms and also help the healing process.
It is recommended to use these essential oils:
- Lavender – it will reduce the itching
- Jasmine – it will moisturize the dry sensitive skin
- Sandalwood – helps with sensitive, inflamed and dehydrated skin
- Bergamot – will reduce the skin plaques
- Melissa – helps the irritated skin
- Geranium – soothes the dry irritated skin
6. DO get some sun
It is not still scientifically explained why but ultraviolet light exposure can help reduce the psoriasis lesions. In other cases it is not very recommended because sunbathing can increase the risk for skin cancer, but in case with psoriasis it can be helpful. Be sure to only expose the areas which are affected with psoriasis. You can achieve this if you cover the unaffected skin with clothes or if you apply sunscreen with SPF 15. Do not expose yourself to the sun for more than 15 minutes and be careful for sunburn which can deteriorate the psoriasis.
You can keep the psoriasis under control if you provide proper care.
If you were diagnosed with psoriasis it does not have to mean that your social life and self-esteem should suffer. If you provide proper care your can treat and keep your psoriasis under control.