If you’re among the 7.5 million psoriasis sufferers in the United States, you’re forced to live day to day with the chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes skin cells to produce too rapidly. The result is skin marked with red patches or thick, silvery flakes. On top of the disconcerting visual symptoms, the pain, itch, and frustration over the condition can take a deep emotional toll.
That’s why developing a lifestyle plan to ease stress and reduce symptoms as much as possible is important to help manage psoriasis…
1. Consume a Balanced, Nutritious Diet
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) suggests that one of the first steps towards managing chronic psoriasis is to create a healthy, balanced eating plan with the help of your dermatologist. A healthy diet can strengthen the immune system, which will in turn, can guard the body against infections that may exacerbate your skin condition. Also, talk to your doctor before introducing dietary supplements into your diet in the hope to soothe psoriasis symptoms (i.e., ester C or fish oils).