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    Skin and Joint Care Guide for Psoriatic Arthritis

    For the Skin continued...

    Make sure to use sunscreen on areas not affected by your skin condition.

    Watch the soap. Some of them have lots of fragrance and dye. That can do more harm than good to your skin. Use non-drying, non-harsh soaps. Whichever ones you land on, make sure they have some moisturizer in them, too.

    It’s also not always necessary to lather your entire body every time you bathe.

    Avoid injury. Sometimes a simple injection or scrape can set off a flare. So watch nicks, small cuts, and chafing.

    Be careful with your nails, too. Psoriasis there is hard to control. If you pick at that hanging cuticle around the nail, you’re asking for trouble, because psoriasis will be more likely to form there.

    For the Joints

    Psoriatic arthritis is different from other types of arthritis because it’s inflammatory. At-home treatments and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory meds can help, “but much of the time, or most of the time, that’s not [enough], and you need to see a physician and get it treated properly,” says Chicago rheumatologist Eric Ruderman, MD.

    So see your doctor and come up with a plan. If you have a lot of pain in your joints, and it keeps coming back, he may need to find you another treatment option.

    If your plan seem to be working, though, you can do things to make it even more effective.

    Keep moving. “Staying active is important. And I think that’s true with almost any kind of arthritis, whether it’s inflammatory or not,” Ruderman says.

    “If you take it easy for a day or two, that’s one thing. But people make this assumption that they want to rest their joints, and that’ll somehow make them better, that they should stay away from physical activity. That’s actually the wrong thing to do,” he says. “You want to be as active as you can.”

    A good way to keep moving without stressing sore joints is water exercises. Walking, running, and swimming in the pool all can help strengthen muscles around ailing joints.

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