Controlling Psoriasis

October 29 marked the World Psoriasis Day. Psoriasis is a skin disease; it is characterized by scaling, patches or plaques on the surface of the skin. The lesions on the skin are somewhat elevated comparing to the normal skin surface with reddish colour which makes it more recognizable. If the scales are scraped off, it will leave the skin bleeding. The severity of the disease varies from a tiny lesion to the involvement of the most skin. Generally, the chest, knees, elbows and scalp are involved.

The cause of psoriasis is undetermined. Experts found out that psoriasis never occurs in dark skinned people. It usually occurs in light skinned and it is often seen in the families. When you notice redness, lesions or patches on the surface of your skin, it is important that you seek medical attention to control it. Your doctors will recommend treatments to alleviate the symptoms. Consider the following things if you are diagnosed with psoriasis:



The golden rule is never to let the skin dry. Psoriasis will flare up if you let your skin dry. To deal with the dryness, use lotions and creams that can effectively moisten the skin.

Do Not Scrape

When you notice scales, do not rub or scrape it as it may cause bleeding and further lesion. If you use your nails or bare hands, infection is also imminent.

Note the Weather

The climate can affect the skin. If it is dry, you can always employ a humidifier. Humidifiers can help your skin moisten which is important in controlling psoriasis.

Sun Exposure

Studies show that UV rays slow down the development of skin cells. It will be helpful if you expose yourself to some sun once in a while but do not stay long.

Lessen Stress

For others, the flare up comes when they are stressed. If you notice that your flare up shows during stressful situations, the least that you can do is take things easily.