Tips to treat psoriasis this winter

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Psoriasis is a skin condition that may flare up quite a bit during winter because of reduced sunlight and UV rays during this period. Sunlight contains UV rays, which can penetrate the skin and slow the formation of skin cells. Patches of thick, scaly skin develop as a result of the autoimmune disease. A person might feel itchy, uncomfortable, and painful. But the good news is, there are a number of ways to treat the illness throughout the winter.

Wear soft material

Wind and the cold can irritate your skin and cause flare ups. Additionally, they may aggravate the pain from psoriasis. When you walk outside, cover any exposed skin with a soft scarf, cap, and gloves. Wear layers that you can remove to avoid getting too hot because sweat can also trigger psoriasis. Select cotton instead of wool, denim, and other materials that could irritate your skin.

Moisturisation is key

To reduce redness and itching and help psoriasis patches heal, keep your skin moisturised. The ability of a cream or ointment to seal water into your skin increases with thickness. So, choose wisely. After you shower, bathe, and wash your hands, use a creamy lotion or a moisturising cream. In order to prevent allergic reactions, choose fragrance-free products.

Avoid hot water

Contrary to popular belief, water, especially hot water, can dry out your skin. When you bathe or take a shower, you are also washing away your natural, protecting skin oils in addition to the dirt. Keep showers and baths brief, no more than 5 minutes in the shower and 15 minutes in the bath to reduce this effect and prevent psoriasis flare ups.

Use a humidifier

Consider using a humidifier as part of your winter psoriasis care routine. Installing a central humidifier in your home's heating or cooling system is one of the greatest solutions. A less complicated, more affordable option is to install a portable home humidifier in your bedroom and possibly also in your office. To prevent bacteria and viruses, keep it clean.

Drink plenty of water

In treating psoriasis during winter, hydration is key. A minimum of 2-3 litres of water is a must if you want to keep the hydration intact. Monitoring the colour of your urine is also an indication of how hydrated you are. You might need additional water if your urine is bright yellow or dark in colour.