Top psoriaris tips

Top psoriasis tips

Itching, plaques and flaking are common symptoms you may have to deal with if you have psoriasis (Pso)[1][2] but we have some tips to help you stay in control and make little wins every day.

Soothe the itch[4]

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  • Keep your skin moisturised to reduce redness and dryness, helping the skin to heal
  • Heavy creams and ointments can lock moisture into the skin, especially after a shower
  • Even cooking oils may help
  • Try keeping your lotions in the fridge for cooling relief
  • Remove any scale and flaking skin with a scale softening (keratolytic) product containing ingredients such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, urea or phenol to reduce itch and allow lotions and ointments to sink in
  • Avoid hot baths - take cool, short showers and use cold packs to relieve itch
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Soften plaques

  • Try replacing soap and shower gels with moisturising creams, such as emollients[5]
  • Apply them after washing to retain and lock in moisture[6]
  • Oils such as olive or coconut could also be used to soften scales and help them to lift[5]

Combat flaking[7]

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  • Flakes can build up in carpets and attract bugs, so regularly vacuum your home or sweep wooden or linoleum floors to reduce build-up
  • Keep a portable vacuum in your car to help keep it clean from flakes
  • If you have flakes building up in your bed overnight, using a hard-edged surface such as a card made of plastic to scrape them off could help, as could washing your sheets often
  • If you have shedding on your arms or legs, wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts with buttoned cuffs will likely catch flakes before they fall
  • White, grey or cream clothing is ideal for disguising flakes, as are scarves and necklaces
  • Using a lint roller or brush can help to remove any build-up, as could washing your clothes often

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References

NHS. Psoriasis overview. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/psoriasis/ Accessed: June 2020.
National Psoriasis Foundation. Guttate psoriasis. Available at: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/types/guttate Accessed: June 2020.
British Association of Dermatologists patient hub; Psoriasis: an overview. Available at: https://www.skinhealthinfo.org.uk/condition/psoriasis/ Accessed: June 2020.
DermNet NZ. Guttate psoriasis. Available at: https://dermnetnz.org/topics/guttate-psoriasis/ Accessed: June 2020.
National Psoriasis Foundation. About psoriatic arthritis. Available at: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriatic-arthritis Accessed: June 2020.
WebMD. Skin problems and treatments: psoriasis. How severe is your psoriasis? Available at: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/how-severe-your-psoriasis Accessed: June 2020.
Walsh JA, et al. Psoriasis (Auckl). 2018; 8:65–74.
GP notebook. NAPSI. Available at: https://gpnotebook.com/simplepage.cfm?ID=x20121104114703605084 Accessed: June 2020.
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