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5 Tips for Avoiding Psoriasis Flare-Ups This Fall

Sep 6 2013

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that produces thick red patches on the skin. This condition can sometimes be painful, and can take a toll on your self-esteem.  Unfortunately, psoriasis is also aggravated by colder weather. However, just because the fall is approaching doesn’t mean your psoriasis needs to flare.  Explore these tips and help avoid psoriasis flare-ups this fall.

5 Tips for Avoiding Psoriasis Flare-Ups This Fall

  1. Moisturize. Cold weather often means dry skin. Psoriasis gets worse when skin is dry, so it’s important to use moisturizer to try and avoid this problem.  Try and avoid lotions or toiletries that have fragrance or dyes in them, since they can cause irritation to vulnerable skin.
  2. Use a humidifier. Using a humidifier at night can help restore moisture to the air, effectively restoring moisture to your skin. This is especially helpful in cold weather.
  3. Reduce your stress levels. When stress levels increase, so does the risk for a psoriasis flare. While everyone handles stress differently, a common reaction to stress is to scratch at our skin. People with psoriasis are more at risk for having red, dry skin, and scratching will only make the flare worse. Some suggestions for reducing stress include yoga, and basic breathing exercises.
  4. Change your diet. Gluten is often a trigger for psoriasis, so people with the condition may want to consider changing their diet to avoid foods that contain it.  While eating gluten products does not cause psoriasis,  a diet free of gluten may help reduce future outbreaks.
  5. Get some sun. Short, frequent exposure to sunlight is recommended for people with psoriasis. While it is important to avoid too much sun exposure, just 20 minutes of sun exposure each day can help lessen the chances of a flare-up. To get the most out of the sun, it is best to make sure that all areas of your body affected by psoriasis get equal sun exposure. Even in cold weather, remember to apply your sunscreen,  especially on the areas of the body prone to breakouts.

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Category: General Dermatology

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