What are ways to manage psoriasis?

There are different ways to manage psoriasis. Different types of treatments for psoriasis depend on the severity of the disease. For localized disease, topical steroids and/or vitamin D, tar, and phototherapy (light therapy) are commonly used. For more severe or widespread psoriasis, phototherapy, retinoids, methotrexate, or biologic agents would be indicated.
You can do a great deal on your own to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. Be proactive by staying informed, keeping a positive attitude, taking good care of your symptoms at home, and avoiding any activities that aggravate your psoriasis.
  • Nutrition: Eating well will help your body cope with this or any medical challenge. If you are taking methotrexate, be sure to get enough folate, an important B vitamin.
  • Baths: Soaking for 15 minutes in a warm bath laced with oil, Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts, coal tar solution, or oiliated oatmeal, such as Aveeno Shower and Bath Oil, can temporarily relieve inflamed, scaly skin. After bathing, apply moisturizer while skin is still damp.
  • Moisturizers: Regular long-term use of fragrance-free moisturizers can make the skin look and feel better. Thick, heavy moisturizers work best at reducing scales and inflammation. Apply right after bathing, when skin is still moist.
  • Sunlight: Brief exposure to sunlight on a daily basis can clear mild psoriasis lesions. Be careful not to burn, and don't stay in the sun for long periods.

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