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How can my bathing habits help manage my psoriasis?

Your bathing habits can affect your psoriasis. Baths containing oils or bath salts may help soothe the skin for many people with psoriasis, but it's important that the water is not too hot. Hot water can be irritating and drying. Also, limit the bath to about 10 minutes. Swimming is okay, but a shower should follow, because chlorine left on the skin can be irritating and drying.

Daily hair washing is fine. A medicated shampoo can help with the symptoms, and washing will help eliminate extra scales and dry patches on your scalp.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

Changing the way you bathe could have a big effect on your psoriasis. If you normally take a shower, you may want to consider switching to a bath. Soaking in lukewarm water for 15 minutes a day can make a big difference, especially if you throw in some bath oils or Epsom salts. Just make sure the water isn't too hot and don't use harsh soaps, as these may actually make your symptoms worse.

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