Getting itch under control
Making that first step to getting your psoriasis under control, by visiting your GP, may help to alleviate the itch. Make sure you explain to them just how much itch is affecting your life.
They may be able to offer you emollient creams, which can soothe skin and keep it moist, as well as topical treatments, when appropriate, that can reduce both itching and inflammation.
If you’re worried about talking to your GP, this page has tips and advice on making the most of your GP appointment:
TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR
Easing the itch
Until you talk to your GP, here are some ways to help you ease the itch:
- Take a bath – Have a soothing soak in a lukewarm bath. Make sure the water is not too hot and try to pat your skin dry rather than rubbing it. When you take a bath or shower, always wash in lukewarm water.
- Soothe the affected area – As itch can be accompanied by a burning sensation, applying a cold compress cools the skin and can help reduce the urge to scratch.
- Don’t let your skin get too dry – Dry skin feels itchier than rehydrated skin, so moisturise your skin regularly. Low humidity levels in winter can often make itching worse especially if your house has central heating, which can be drying. So, keep your skin well moisturised and consider using a humidifier, especially during winter.
- Keep your skin well-moisturised – This can reduce flaking and other related symptoms.
- Lock-in skin moisture after a shower or bath – Afterwards, gently mositurise your skin to ‘lock in’ moisture or apply your topical psoriasis treatment and try to avoid soaps that may dry your skin.