Psoriasis and Weather
Psoriasis and weather: How does it affect flare ups?
Environmental factors such as weather are known to directly affect psoriasis. Cold, dry weather commonly can cause psoriasis flare ups, and hot, damp, sunny weather makes psoriasis symptoms better, for most people.
• Make your showers short and avoid hot water (use lukewarm water instead). Using hot water feels will dry out the skin and cause the skin to be itchy when you get out.
• Cutting down on showers is best in winter, when indoor air tends to be dryer. Also, avoid scrubbing the skin as this can cause irritation. It is also recommended that you pick special soaps or psoriasis body washes that are made for sensitive skin.
• Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. This is recommended by all skin care professionals -who state that immediately following a shower after you towel off is the best time to do so. This will help to seal in the moisture after your shower. Make sure the lotion that you are using is also designed for sensitive skin – butters and ointments are better but tend to take longer to sink in.
• The use of light therapy can help clear up patchy scaly skin, although most people with psoriasis need multiple sessions. The premise is simple: ultraviolet light slows the rapid growth of skin cells that occurs in psoriasis and can clear the symptoms for a period of time. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, About 30 treatments are needed for UVB therapy to clear the skin.
There has always been a connection between psoriasis and weather. Many people choose to live in a warmer more humid climate if they suffer from severe Psoriasis to help with their symptoms. Check out our blog at www.psoriasispsucks.com for more information on Psoriasis and weather.