Cold & flu season
Psoriasis is a disease of the immune system. That means anything that affects the immune system, like a cold or the flu, can also play a role in your psoriasis.
Here are some tips for keeping these germs at bay:
- Get plenty of rest. Remember that your body needs time to rest and heal, so try to get as much sleep as possible. This can even help you reduce stress, a common flare-up trigger.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water, juice, or even warm broth can help prevent dehydration and even loosen congestion. On the other hand, alcohol or coffee may have the opposite effect.
- Wash your hands carefully and often. It’s simple, but it can make a difference. A good lather and scrubbing for 20 seconds are important steps you can take to be healthy.
There are plenty of winter psoriasis triggers to navigate—it’s important you stay informed, and work with your dermatologist to manage your condition.
If you’re thinking about making a change to your psoriasis management plan this winter, make sure to talk to your dermatologist first.
Don’t have a dermatologist? Use our Doctor Locator to find one near you.