by Lindsey Tugman
Health & Medicine
Feb. 13, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disorder. The most common places to see these patches are on the legs, knees, elbows, arms, scalp, ears and back.
1. Take a soothing bath. Skin disorders have a catch-22 when bathing. Yes, it softens the patches, but on the other hand, too much water can also dry the skin. Think about softening the water with a capful of olive oil.
2. Moisturize often. To get the best benefits from your favorite cream, apply it generously after bathing. On persistent spots, a petroleum-based product is very effective, which is a thick healing ointment.
3. Bask in the sun. Doctors sometimes prescribe a regimen of ultra-violet light from a special light or tanning bed. But, if you live in a sunny climate, getting a moderate amount of sunshine enhances your production of vitamin D, which is very helpful in controlling this skin problem.
4. Watch your diet. Eating a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables and fish high in omega-3 helps to reduce inflammation. If you’re not a big fish eater, there are supplements that provide this healthy oil.
5. Curb stress. Psoriasis isn’t easy to contend with, however stress is a known factor. So keep your mental state in check through exercise and relaxation techniques.
Hopefully these tips will help you stay flare-free and feeling better.