Tips and Tricks for Controlling Psoriasis
There are four main symptoms of psoriasis which are, red, flakey, scaly, and itchy patches that appear on the skin. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, there are a few methods you can use in order to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with the disease.
Minimize the Flakes
Like many with psoriasis, if I don’t moisturize, my skin flakes tremendously. But the responsibility of moisturizing 3 times a day can be a pain. As a child through adulthood, there were many times I neglected to moisturize my skin, and it did make a difference and the appearance of my skin. The less I moisturized the more my skin cracked and bled, patches were thicker, the itch increased, and my skin shed more.
There are a few different types of moisturizers you can use which are ointments, oils, and lotions. For me personally, ointments work best in conditioning my skin, but are the messiest. My favorite moisturizer is Eucerin. I normally switch switch between the ointment and the cream topicals!
Control the Itching
There are several ways you can minimize the itch. The basic remedy is keeping your skin moisturized at all times, but that still doesn't take the itch away all together. The key is keeping your skin from drying out. Using water that is too hot during a bath or shower, or using harsh soaps can dry out the skin tremendously. The National Psoriasis Foundation also suggests using moisturizing fragrance free soaps.
I use two products when it comes to soaps which Aveeno and Dove. Both have soaps which are fragrant free and formulated to fit the needs of people with skin disease such as psoriasis. Some have been dermatology tested. Psoriasis.org states there are also cremes you can use to help the itch which include hydrocortisone, camphor, benzocaine and menthol. I have also used benadryl which helps alleviate the itch, and helps me sleep through the night as well.
Know Your Triggers
Psoriasis is a very unpredictable disease, and is different for each person. There are several triggers that can cause psoriasis in a person from environmental factors to the food one eats. It's important to pay attention to your body to understand what aggravates your disease. My skin has never been in remission, therefor it is very hard for me to know what affects my skin the most. Recently I went and had an allergy test done. I found out I was allergic to dogs and bananas. I try to stay away from these items as much as possible.
Keep track with the changes in your skin and speak with your doctor. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, there are different ways to control the systems. They may never go away, but make sure you are doing all you possible can to keep your skin in the best possible state. Be sure to speak with your doctor about different methods of treatments that will not only fit your preference, but fit your life style.