Winterize Yourself to Minimize Flare-ups
Many people living with psoriasis say their psoriasis worsens in
winter. Psoriasis patients can manage their symptoms and ease
seasonal discomfort by taking good care of themselves, reducing
stress, and following these tips in winter:
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. While
moisturizers should be used year round, these are especially
important in the winter when the air is dry. Stock up on
emollients and moisturizers and apply these products at least
twice a day during the winter, particularly after bathing.
Moisturizers can help prevent the itch and pain of dry skin and
reduce scaling and inflammation. Many people see good results
when they apply a lotion during the day and a cream or ointment
Plug in a humidifier. The dry heat
blasting away in homes and offices in the winter can worsen
psoriasis. The use of humidifiers, both at home and work, can
add moisture to the air.
Talk with a dermatologist. If wintertime
is especially challenging, make an appointment to see a
dermatologist. Adjusting a treatment regimen during the winter
months can help ease discomfort.
Wear cotton. Soft synthetics and
insulating down may keep patients warm in the winter, but they
also can cause psoriasis flare-ups – particularly indoors.
Instead, patients should layer cotton garments, one on top of
another, to keep comfortable. Another option is to use a soft
cotton T-shirt or shell under a dress shirt, sweater, or suit
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