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How can applying heat and cold help with psoriatic arthritis?

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You may get temporary relief by applying a different temperature around your sore joints. Moist heat can also help relax aching muscles and ease soreness and stiffness. Use a warm towel, heat pack, or paraffin bath, or take a warm (not hot) bath or shower. Cold therapy can bring down swelling and numb pain. Use a bag of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel.

SOURCES:

Sharon Mayo, health educator, National Psoriasis Foundation.

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, dermatologist-in-chief, Tufts Medical Center.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Complementary and Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Sharon Mayo, health educator, National Psoriasis Foundation.

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, dermatologist-in-chief, Tufts Medical Center.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Complementary and Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 11, 2017

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