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How can bathing help ease itchy skin from psoriasis?

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Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that often leaves your skin itchy and irritated. Sometimes thick patches of scales and flakes can build up on your skin. Bathing every day may help with that. Not just a regular old bath. Add colloidal oatmeal, Epsom salts, or Dead Sea salts to your tub. These products may soothe your irritated skin and soften scales. Stick with lukewarm water and a mild soap. Hot water can make your skin feel itchier. Soak for no more than 10 minutes. Any longer and the water can dry out your skin. And don’t forget to moisturize afterward. Most importantly, stick to your psoriasis treatment plan. Taking your medication may help prevent itching before it even starts. If nothing seems to help, call your doctor.

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Understanding the Itch,” “Mind and Body Therapies.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “8 Ways to Relieve Itchy Psoriasis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis,” “Aloe.”

JAMA Dermatology: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Psoriasis: A Systematic Review.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on May 4, 2020

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Understanding the Itch,” “Mind and Body Therapies.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “8 Ways to Relieve Itchy Psoriasis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis,” “Aloe.”

JAMA Dermatology: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Psoriasis: A Systematic Review.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on May 4, 2020

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