Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp.
Psoriasis is a common, long-term (chronic) disease with no cure. It tends to go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a while or going into remission. Treatments are available to help you manage symptoms. And you can incorporate lifestyle habits and coping strategies to help you live better with psoriasis.
How does your psoriasis affect your day-to-day life?
Psoriasis can affect every aspect of your life. Flare-ups may disrupt your ability to focus at school or work, impacting your financial situation. You may find yourself avoiding going outside during flare-ups, impacting your relationships, and your self-esteem. Having psoriasis increases your risk of developing depression. Reducing the stress in your life, however, has been found to reduce the risk of flare-ups.
What tips would you give someone just diagnosed with psoriasis?
If you have just been diagnosed with psoriasis, it is important to find a dermatologist who specializes in psoriasis. You also want to learn about this disease and find out what your treatment options are. You also want to learn about common psoriasis triggers, such as certain medications, so you can make changes in your life, if necessary.
Other tips include taking warm showers instead of hot, decreasing the time you spend in the shower, using moisturizers, and keeping track of flare-ups to understand your personal triggers.