8 Self-Sabotaging Habits That Are Making Your Psoriasis Worse
Psoriasis is among the most common skin conditions, affecting about 2% of the U.S. population, and while the condition doesn't affect everyone the same way, the approach to treatment and prevention is often similar,
Factors that can make psoriasis worse
When you have psoriasis, it's important to follow the advice of your doctor. Still, you can do a lot on your own to help control and prevent flare-ups. Check out these factors which could be making your psoriasis worse. Learn how to manage and correct them.
Scratching and picking psoriasis plaques
When I was 90-percent covered I could sit for minutes at a time and pick and pull at my plaques. It was like a strange addiction. Sometimes I would try to see how much skin I could pull off without tearing it (I know strange).
If you have a problem with scratching be sure to moisturize with something containing menthol, take a Benadryl (save for the nighttime), keep nails cut low, or wear gloves to bed so if you scratch you won't break the skin.
Hot shower and hot baths
Also, make sure to apply moisturizer three to five minutes after drying off to ensure the best absorption.
Not being consistent with treatment
If you are prescribed a treatment to which you can't commit to inform your doctor, so the two of you can discuss other options.
Deciding not to treat
There are many reasons why people decide not to treat their disease, but doing so is detrimental to one's health.
Having psoriasis is not as simple as having a disorder which affects the skin, this disease puts you at risk for at least 8 other diseases which can possibly be prevented if you treat your psoriasis early.
Not managing stress
If this is a factor for you it's imperative to figure out what your life stressors are, and learn how to manage those issues.
Not knowing your triggers
Knowing the triggers which cause your psoriasis is half the battle in this fight.
Living with depression and not doing anything about it
Depression is the number one residual effects of having psoriasis. Your quality of life depends on you attending to this issue if you have a problem with it.
You feel joint pain but you haven't been to the doctor for it
Joint pain in the large joints, finger, and toes are usually signs of psoriatic disease. If you don't treat you could obtain irreversible damage in your joints which can be prevented with the proper treatment if determined early on.
Although there is no existing cure for psoriasis, treatment can help. Understanding your triggers can help you avoid flare-ups and manage your symptoms. Talk to your doctor about treatment options that are best for you.
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