Psoriasis is an uncomfortable skin condition that causes a build up of cells on the surface of the skin. These extra cells turn into unattractive scaly red patches that can be itchy and painful. The symptoms often appear in sporadic flare ups that can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. After these flare ups, it will subside for a period of time and go into remission. Even though it is a non-contagious skin condition, it is recognized as a chronic autoimmune condition. The exact cause is still unclear.
Not surprisingly, psoriasis is an extremely frustrating condition. The uncontrollable spreading of cells creates red welts with white scales that itch and shed. Thankfully, there are many treatment options available to help relieve these uncomfortable symptoms and stop the skin cells from growing so quickly. In the meantime, we’ve also got some easy tips on how to better deal with psoriasis.
This is probably one of the hardest tips to follow because wherever there’s an itch, it’s often followed by a scratch. Unfortunately people with psoriasis are not allowed to scratch or pick at their skin because it can cause tears in the skin which puts it at risk for germs and infection, says WebMD. It will also make all those uncomfortable symptoms even worse and might even cause sores to appear.
A good way to ensure you’re not tempted to scratch is to keep your nails short. If you are having a hard time resisting these urges, take an antihistamine. The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) also suggests using a cold compress, applying moisturizer every day, or invest in a room humidifier. All of these solutions will help keep the skin moist which will also help reduce those uncomfortable symptoms, like itchiness, dryness, soreness, redness, and scaling.