A woman with her hair pulled up and sweating. From inside her hair and scalp is flames.

Sweating With Psoriasis

I've been making more of an effort to live a healthy life. I'll be turning 35 in January and I really want to feel my best. So, I added a heavier workout regimen to my schedule.

Can sweat irritate scalp psoriasis?

Yes! What I didn't expect with my new work out routine was the ultimate plot twist! Sweating began to really irritate my scalp psoriasis! The more I sweat, the more I itched my scalp, ferociously. So what does one do when they have a problem they can't answer? I hopped on the internet for answers.

So, what is sweat? If you have ever tasted your own sweat, you might notice a salty component. That's because water and salt are two of sweat's main ingredients, along with sodium, chloride and potassium. Salt can definitely be irritating to an open wound, like plaques you've scratched.

For people with psoriasis, exercise can dry out the skin through the loss of fluids, and the sodium in sweat can further dehydrate the skin as well as sting and irritate it.

Sweat can't be avoided, but it can be managed!

As soon as I am finished with my workout, I jump in the shower. I was hesitant to do this at first. I tend to not wash my hair every day (due to fear of drying it out.)

I think the natural oils in our scalp are good. But the itch was just too much to bear. Sometimes a simple rinse will do just to wash the salt out of my scalp. I typically just use a little conditioner and I'm ready to go. I also try to wear a cloth headband of sorts. It helps to absorb the sweat and make my scalp endure a little less of the salt content.

If you are experiencing discomfort elsewhere, like your skin. I still recommend a quick rinse in the shower and moisturizing heavily afterwards.

What do you do when your psoriasis bothers you after a workout?

I love walking or running on the treadmill but this tends to make me sweat a little more. Yoga is also a love of mine. It doesn't produce as much sweat and it still makes me feel good and keeps me in shape. Some light cardio is also an option. If you youtube some videos, you can find tons of fun dance workouts that are fun and low energy.

For me, what it comes down to is paying attention to my body and what it can handle. If I'm uncomfortable, especially with my psoriasis, I speak to my doctor. I also recommend talking and reaching out to your support network. There is never a lack of information out there when it comes to your health and your body.

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