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6 Key Tips to Manage Your Psoriasis This Winter

For Sandra, the winter season was always a bittersweet experience. Sweet because she looked forward to the much-awaited holiday season and reunions with family and friends. However, it was also bitter because she had to face an ever-worsening condition of her scalp psoriasis. Inspite of taking psoriasis treatment since the past two years, her condition always seemed to worsen in winters.

Just like Sandra, many people face an increasing issue with skin diseases such as psoriasis in the winter season. Apart from the irritation caused by the itching, psoriasis can prove to be a mood dampener and negatively impact personal grooming. Many misconceptions lead others to believe the disease is contagious while in reality it is not. Thus, colleagues and friends may refrain from sitting close or extending a handshake and this can prove to be quite depressing for the affected person.

Understanding Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a disease that is marked by the appearance of red, scaly patches on the skin. The patches are often raised as bumps and cause severe itching and redness. While psoriasis can appear almost anywhere on the body, the most common spots are the scalp, face, neck, underarms, and torso. It can affect anyone of any age.

Tips to Manage Psoriasis in Winter

Winters mean dry air and a reduced exposure to sunlight. This can spell trouble for people with sensitive skin. Those who suffer recurrent episodes of psoriasis have the hardest time managing the condition in winters. Psoriasis treatment can often seem to progress very slowly in colder months. However, following a few basic lifestyle tips can improve the situation. Let’s take a look. 

  1. Avoid hot showers

As comforting as a hot shower may be, the heat dries out your skin and will worsen your psoriasis sores. Bathe in lukewarm water and avoid soaking for long hours in the tub. Do not use any bath salts or bubbles unless approved by your doctor.

  1. Drink more water

A seemingly simple yet oft overlooked point. We do not feel as thirsty in winters and this can lead to dehydration. Make sure to drink sufficient amounts of water in winters to main a good level of hydration in your body.

  1. Choose the right fabric

Synthetic fabrics can irritate your skin and worsen flareups. Choose natural fabrics such as cotton and wool to allow your skin to breathe well. This simple tip works wonders in helping soothe your skin rashes.

  1. Moisturize your skin

Moisture is of vital importance. Your doctor will prescribe moisturizers suitable for you as part of your psoriasis treatment. Make sure to moisturize not just the affected areas but all of your skin to prevent new flare ups.

  1. Use a spatula

If your moisturiser comes in a jar, use a clean spatula to remove the required amount of cream. Never dunk your fingers directly in as this may leave germs from your nails as residue. Wash and sterilize the spatula frequently.

  1. Explore light therapy

If your psoriasis seems to worsen in winter inspite of adequate care, speak to your doctor about light therapy. Also known as phototherapy, it helps make up for the loss of natural light from the sun on your skin. This helps soothe the rashes.

Homeopathic Treatment for Psoriasis

Homeopathy is a science of healing that boosts your immune system to help fight diseases and prevent recurrence of existing illnesses. Homeopathic treatment for psoriasis is free from side-effects, have zero toxicity, and are absolutely painless. This makes homeopathy a suitable alternative for young children as well as those already under heavy medication for other diseases. The approach to healing is patient-friendly.

Homeopathic remedies do not place any dietary restrictions during psoriasis treatment; the only prerequisite is that one follows a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The treatment focuses on permanent cures rather than immediate results.Do not let psoriasis ruin this holiday season for you. Speak to a homeopathic doctor today, for the best healing solutions.

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