Students in the Richardson Independent School District schools are eagerly awaiting their upcoming summer vacation. Some might say they are “itching” to get a jump on class-free days. Well, we certainly hope they aren’t itching on account of psoriasis! We know, that’s a lame pun, but we also know that if you suffer from this uncomfortable—even painful—skin condition, you wouldn’t want to wish it on anyone.
At this time, there is no known cure for this skin condition, so treating psoriasis is centered on providing pain relief and decreasing the symptoms. This can be accomplished with topical ointments, light therapy, and oral medications. Our office can evaluate your particular situation and determine which may prove to be most effective for you.
When it comes to easing the pain from psoriasis at home, there are certain actions that can be taken:
- Take a daily bath. This simple step can help to calm inflamed skin and remove the offensive scales that accompany the condition. When preparing the bath, add Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts, or colloidal oatmeal to help soothe your skin. Make sure the water temperature is lukewarm, because hot water will worsen symptoms. Instead of using harsh soap, opt for a mild variety that has added fats and oils to further help.
- Use moisturizers. After your bath, gently blot your skin with your towel and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Heavy, ointment-based solutions work best, but if your skin is excessively dry, you should try oil instead.
- Step outside. A small amount of sunlight can significantly improve your condition, but it has to be a limited, controlled amount. Too much time in the sun may trigger or worsen an outbreak and will definitely increase your risk of melanoma. If you are considering using this tip, contact us for professional guidance first!
If you need additional tips, or want the professional care that we can administer, contact our Richardson, TX office today. Use our online form or give us a call at (972) 690-5374 and schedule your appointment with Richardson Podiatry Associates. We will work for you to ease any psoriasis pain you are experiencing.
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