Ditch The Itch: Healthy Routines For People With Psoriasis

According to the World Psoriasis Day consortium, over 125 million people have psoriasis. This chronic disease attacks the immune system and overproduces skin cells. Patients suffer from itchy, burning skin that make even showering painful. Buying the right lotion, getting sun, and other simple remedies can soothe symptoms. For instant relief, follow these healthy habits for psoriasis.

Stop Scratching! Here’s How

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According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, 90% of psoriasis patients experience itching. Inflammation causes itching, which is why you should not scratch it. Scratching will exacerbate the inflammation, making your symptoms (and psoriasis) worse.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends doing anything you can to prevent scratching. Apply moisturizer or a cold compress. If you feel itchy when your skin gets dry, try to shower less often. Itch-relieving creams and medications can also help in a pinch.