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How can staying cool affect psoriatic arthritis?

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A cool shower or bath can soothe your skin, especially when you use some heavy-duty moisturizer afterward. If you take a bath, you can add oilated oatmeal, bath oil, Dead Sea salts, or Epsom salts for added comfort. After you get out, creams and ointments can lock in moisture and soothe your skin. So go ahead and slather it on. Store your lotion in the fridge for an extra dose of relief. You can also put cold packs on your painful joints to ease pain and swelling. Wrap the cold pack in a light towel to protect your skin -- 10-15 minutes on, 10-15 minutes off.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis: Signs and Symptoms.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “7 Hand- and Foot-Care Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis,” “25 Treatments for Arthritis Hip and Knee Pain,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Self-Care,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms,” “Using Heat and Cold for Pain Relief.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriatic Arthritis: Lifestyle and Home Remedies.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis,” “Complementary and Alternative Therapies,” “Diet and Nutrition: Anti-Inflammatory,” “Life with Psoriasis,” “Managing Itch,” “Over the Counter Topicals.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis: Signs and Symptoms.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “7 Hand- and Foot-Care Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis,” “25 Treatments for Arthritis Hip and Knee Pain,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Self-Care,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms,” “Using Heat and Cold for Pain Relief.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriatic Arthritis: Lifestyle and Home Remedies.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis,” “Complementary and Alternative Therapies,” “Diet and Nutrition: Anti-Inflammatory,” “Life with Psoriasis,” “Managing Itch,” “Over the Counter Topicals.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 16, 2018

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