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Living With Psoriasis

Living with psoriasis can affect many aspects of day-to-day life, and can sometimes have an impact on your overall physical and emotional health.

Take a look at the information below for insights on overall health while living with psoriasis. You should discuss the following topics with your dermatologist to develop a strategy that's right for you.

Diet and psoriasis

Eating a healthy, balanced diet can be beneficial for everyone's overall health. But diet and exercise can have a positive impact for psoriasis patients in particular. Why?

  • You should be aware that, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, overweight psoriasis patients – specifically those who are obese – are more likely to have severe psoriasis.

Hungry for a healthy diet?

Everyone knows that eating a healthy diet is good for you, but it's easier said than done. Want to find out how healthy you're really eating? Try keeping a food diary. If you see yourself not eating as well as you'd like, start substituting some healthier options into your diet.

Check out the lists below for a few factors to consider when maintaining a healthy diet.

Try more:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Lean meats and fish

Try less:

  • Red meat
  • Full-fat dairy foods
  • Refined & processed foods
  • Alcohol

Some people may need to follow a different diet due to certain medical conditions or dietary restrictions. Talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

Stress and psoriasis

Stress is a common psoriasis trigger. But how do you avoid stress when having psoriasis itself can be stressful?

While you can't always avoid stress, you can be aware of it. Speak with your doctor about the best ways to manage your stress and psoriasis.

  • Identify what stresses you

    Identifying the stressors that triggered previous flare-ups can help you not only avoid them in future situations, but also deal with them more constructively.

  • Take time to relax

    It may be easier said than done, but relaxation is important. Techniques like yoga, meditation, and deep-breathing exercises can lower stress in some people. Talk to your doctor about the relaxation techniques you're considering.

  • Open up

    Keeping your feelings bottled up inside can add to your stress and worsen your psoriasis symptoms. Be open and honest about your psoriasis, especially with your doctor. It's important for your doctor to be aware of the impact psoriasis has on you.

Stressed about getting dressed?

When you're living with psoriasis, a lot of thought can go into choosing clothing beyond just "how does it look?" How do you look fashionable and stay comfortable if you're worried about hiding plaques and flaky skin? Here are a few tips for dressing smart with psoriasis:

  • Avoid dark, solid colors

    Dark, solid colors like black don't hide flakes very well. Try multicolored clothing or patterns like stripes or herringbone.

  • Choose soft fabrics

    Fabrics like soft cotton can feel soothing to the skin and don't chafe. Avoid scratchy fabrics like wool and some synthetics; they can sometimes irritate plaques.

  • Keep breathing

    Many people with psoriasis feel uncomfortable wearing shorts or short sleeves during the summer time because of their plaques. But covering up has the potential to make things worse because perspiration can sometimes irritate psoriasis symptoms. Try wearing loose fitting clothing that minimizes rubbing against the skin, and look for newer, more breathable fabrics that are soft and moisture-wicking.

Keep a food diary

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diary Although there isn't a scientific link between food and psoriasis, many patients think that food triggers their psoriasis symptoms. You may find it helpful to keep a diary of your food triggers so that you can discuss them with your doctor.

 

Psoriasis FAQs

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  • Is psoriasis just a skin condition?

    It's a chronic immune disease that appears on the skin.
    Up to 30% of psoriasis patients develop psoriatic arthritis, which impacts your joints and skin.

  • Can my symptoms get worse
    in the winter?

    Yes. Dry air, decreased sunlight exposure, and colder temperatures can contribute to psoriasis flare-ups
    in the winter.

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