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Healthy living with psoriasis

Healthy living with psoriasis is possible! Living healthy with psoriasis involves:

You should also learn to care for your skin and nails.

Skin care tips to help you manage psoriasis:

  • Keep your skin moisturized. Moisturizing will help prevent dry skin and itching. Use a moisturizer or emollient after showering or bathing to help seal the water into your skin.
  • Keep the air in your home and office moist by using a humidifier, especially in the winter, when dry heat can worsen psoriasis.
  • Avoid scratching the skin and picking at lesions.
  • Try a warm oatmeal bath to help relieve itching.
  • Use warm, not hot, water when showering or bathing. Dermatologists recommend short, warm showers with fragrance-free cleansers. Do not rub the skin dry; gently pat instead.
  • Wear cotton clothing, which is less irritating to the skin than other fabrics.
  • Try swimming (in saltwater, if possible), which is good exercise and helps psoriasis by removing dead skin.

Nail care tips to help you manage psoriasis:

  • Cut nails straight across to prevent ingrown nails. Before cutting nails, soak them for 10 to 20 minutes in warm water.
  • Keep nails as short as possible.
  • Use manicure scissors to trim up to the point where the nail is firmly attached to the nail bed.
  • Avoid vigorous rubbing and scraping when cleaning the nails.
  • Wear gloves if you need to work with your hands.
  • To help prevent the friction that causes toenails to thicken, wear comfortable, roomy shoes.
  • Nurses who work in psoriasis clinics may have very practical and effective tips about triggers and your daily life.

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