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How can staying warm affect psoriatic arthritis?

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When you’re stiff, a bit of warmth can really help. Since hot baths and showers are bad for your skin, put the heat right where it’s needed. Use an electric heating pad, a microwaveable heat wrap, or an air-activated heat pack. You can even soothe stiff fingers and moisturize your hands at the same time: Apply oil to your hands, put on rubber gloves, and soak your hands in warm water for five to 10 minutes.

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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