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Psoriasis is a complex disease that can be tough to treat. If you have psoriasis, you know all too well that keeping it under control is easier said than done.
Whether you are in the middle of a flare up or just want to feel more in control of your psoriasis, it is always good to know some simple steps to take, so you do not feel like it is taking over your life. I know that feeling all too well and hope that these tips will inspire you to help take control of your psoriasis!
Make sure you are seeing the same doctor
This might sound like a simple and slightly obvious one, but seeing the same doctor at each appointment will allow you to build a relationship with them. This means you don’t have to explain your psoriasis story each appointment, your doctor will already know your psoriasis and medical history. By building a relationship with your doctor you will get more from your appointments. This in turn will help you feel more in control, may help you to get the correct medication and ultimately will therefore help your psoriasis. Remember, as an immune mediated disease, everyone’s psoriasis is different so having someone who knows about your psoriasis is important!
Know how to use your medication
If you have creams or ointments to use on your psoriasis then you need to know how to use it. Knowing that you are using your medication correctly will hopefully set you up to get you the best results. If you are unsure how to use your medication ask your doctor or local pharmacist to explain and maybe even demonstrate the best way to use it.
Have a holistic plan
When treating psoriasis is it best to have a holistic plan as well as a plan with your doctor. Your holistic plan takes into consideration exercise, diet and meditation. These are really important in helping you take control of your psoriasis. I wrote a blog post on how to create a holistic plan for your psoriasis that you can read here.
As well as a holistic plan, it is important that you practice good self-care! Make sure to keep your work hours under control ensuring you have a good work/life balance, so you can keep up healthy routines at home. Exercising regularly requires good time management, as does getting adequate sleep every night and meal planning so that you can ensure you are eating well in the office!
Staying hydrated inside and out is so important – especially if you have psoriasis or another skin condition. Ensuring you get the recommended amount of water each day will help your skin be hydrated from the inside out!
It also critical to keep your skin hydrated on the outside by moisturising! Knowing what moisturiser is best for your skin is a simple and easy way of helping to take control of your psoriasis and making your skin feel smoother!
Baths and showers are a good way of hydrating your skin too – but be careful! Using water that is too hot can irritate your skin and make your skin seem more red. Also, using bubble bath might irritate your psoriasis so keep an eye on that. I would recommend staying in the bath for as long as you feel comfortable without irritating your skin.
The more you know about the immune mediated disease, the better understanding you will have about your condition. If you understand how psoriasis affects your body, you will be able to learn if you have any triggers and therefore how you can avoid these triggers.
Knowing more about psoriasis through websites such as this one, will also help with your doctor’s appointments as you will have a better understanding of what the doctor is talking about and which questions to ask.
I hope that these tips will help you to take more control of your psoriasis or inspire you to find your own ways of taking control of your condition! Remember, psoriasis is individual to each person, so make sure you are doing what works for you!
This content is not intended to advise you about your health. Always seek advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare professionals.
UK/IE MAT-18073 . Date of Prep: June 2018.