Psoriasis - Topic Overview
Most cases of psoriasis are
mild, and treatment begins with skin care. This includes keeping your skin
moist with creams and lotions. These are often used with other treatments
including shampoos, ultraviolet light, and medicines your doctor
In some cases, psoriasis can be hard to treat. You
may need to try different combinations of treatments to find what works for
you. Treatment for psoriasis may continue for a lifetime.
What can you do at home for psoriasis?
at home can help control psoriasis. Follow these tips to care for
- Use creams or lotions, baths, or soaks to
keep your skin moist.
- Try short exposure to sunlight or
ultraviolet (UV) light.
- Gently soften and remove psoriasis crusts
by putting cream on the crusts and then peeling the loose crusts off. Removing
crusts may help your skin to absorb creams and lotions. Remove them carefully,
though, so you don't irritate the skin.
- Follow instructions for
skin products and prescribed medicines. It may take a period of trial and error
until you know which skin products or methods work best for you. For mild
symptoms of psoriasis, some
over-the-counter medicines, such as aloe vera, may be
It is also important to avoid those things that can cause
psoriasis symptoms to flare up or make the condition worse. Things to avoid
Skin injury. An injury
to the skin can cause psoriasis patches to form anywhere on the body, including
the site of the injury. This includes injuries to your nails or nearby skin
while trimming your nails.
Stress and anxiety. Stress can cause psoriasis to appear suddenly (flare) or can
make symptoms worse.
strep throat can cause psoriasis to appear suddenly,
especially in children.
Some medicines, such as NSAIDs,
beta-blockers, and lithium, have been found to make
psoriasis symptoms worse. Talk with your doctor. You may be able to take a
Overexposure to sunlight. Short periods of sun exposure reduce psoriasis in
most people, but too much sun can damage the skin and cause skin cancer. And
sunburns can trigger flares of psoriasis.
Alcohol. Alcohol use can cause symptoms to flare
Smoking. If you smoke, try to quit.
Smoking, especially in women, makes you more likely to get psoriasis and can
make it worse if you already have it.
Studies have not found that specific diets can cure or
improve the condition, even though some advertisements claim to. For some people,
not eating certain foods helps their psoriasis. Most doctors recommend that you
eat a balanced diet to be healthy and stay at a healthy weight.
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