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How should you take a bath when you have psoriasis?

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Take 15 minutes to soak in the warm water. You might find comfort if you add oil, finely ground oatmeal, Epsom salt, or Dead Sea salt to your bath, but keep the water and soap mild. Hot temperatures and harsh soaps can be hard on skin that's already sensitive.

Try not to rub your skin with the towel as you dry off. Gently pat dry instead. The rubbing action can make sores worse and even cause new ones. Follow immediately with a moisturizer.

From: 7 Tips for Psoriasis Skin Care WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Faqs: Questions About Lifestyle And Living With Psoriasis," "Mild Psoriasis: Over the Counter (OTC)," "For Teens: Lifestyle Factors and Social Life," "Ask the Expert," "Phototherapy."

The Psoriasis Association: "Frequently Asked Questions."

American College of Physicians. Complete Home Medical Guide, DK Publishing Inc., 2003.

Psoriasis Net: American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis Triggers."

Cram, D. Coping With Psoriasis. Addicus Books Inc., 2000.

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Faqs: Questions About Lifestyle And Living With Psoriasis," "Mild Psoriasis: Over the Counter (OTC)," "For Teens: Lifestyle Factors and Social Life," "Ask the Expert," "Phototherapy."

The Psoriasis Association: "Frequently Asked Questions."

American College of Physicians. Complete Home Medical Guide, DK Publishing Inc., 2003.

Psoriasis Net: American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis Triggers."

Cram, D. Coping With Psoriasis. Addicus Books Inc., 2000.

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

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