Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition. This means that people suffering from it will have to live with it their entire life. Although there is still no cure for psoriasis and it is still unclear just what factors are responsible for this condition, there are certain things that one can do to help control psoriasis.
Here are helpful tips on managing psoriasis.
How to Manage Psoriasis
Educate yourself about psoriasis – The old saying knowledge is power applies to managing this skin condition. The more you know about psoriasis, the better you would be able to manage your condition. Having knowledge about this skin condition will help you make informed and wise decisions for treating it and help you avoid certain things that can worsen your psoriasis.
Take very good care of yourself – All of us should make sure that we take good care of ourselves. Being in good health helps in preventing psoriasis flare-ups. So make sure that you eat healthy, exercise regularly, quit smoking and limit your alcohol intake. Cigarettes, alcohol and being overweight can worsen psoriasis and they can also make treatments less effective. It is very important that you take good care of your health when you have psoriasis since people with this skin condition have a higher risk of developing other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Mind your joints – People with psoriasis should be aware of their joints. Should you notice that your joints are starting to feel sore and stiff especially after waking up, visit your dermatologist for a consult, immediately. Stiff and sore joints can be the first sight of psoriatic arthritis. It is estimated that between 10% – 30 % of psoriasis patients develop this kind of arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is a serious health concern that you should seek treatment for. Psoriatic arthritis eats away the joints so to prevent joint deformity and disability, treatment is necessary.
Mind your nails – Be mindful of your nails. If you notice that your nails are starting to pull away from the nail bed or if your nails start to show pitting, ridges or become yellowish-orange in color, visit your dermatologist. These things mentioned are signs of psoriatic arthritis.
Be mindful of your mood – If your psoriasis is making you feel down and depressed, there are support groups that you can turn to. You can also seek the help of a mental health professional. Admitting that you need help should never be seen as a sign of weakness. We all need help sometimes.
Get to know treatments for psoriasis – There are some people who choose to just let their psoriasis be and not seek any treatment. However it is best that you know what your options are. This way you will be able to make informed decisions plus you will feel you are in the driver’s seat and in control.
Be honest to your dermatologist – If your budget cannot afford the medicine or any form of treatment, prescribed by your dermatologist, let him or her know. She may recommend more affordable alternatives. You should also consult your dermatologist before stopping any medication or starting on an alternative treatment you came across with or recommended by your peers.
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