Psoriasis

  • Long-term inflammatory skin condition that may involve the joints
  • Symptoms may include thickened white and red skin patches that are scaly and itchy
  • Cause unknown but may involve factors such as family heredity, weakened immune system and other factors
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but onset most often occurs by early adulthood
  • May be mild to severe
  • Usually not life threatening

  • Keep your skin healthy and use lotion frequently
  • Avoid long periods of sun exposure
  • Soak in a bath with bath oil or bath salts for 15 minutes each day
  • Avoid hot water

 

FOR ITCHING

  • Avoid items or situations that cause you to itch
  • Moisturize daily
  • Use creams, lotions or gels that soothe and cool the skin
  • Avoid scratching
  • Cut fingernails short, and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching
  • Use mild, fragrance free soap and laundry detergent
  • Cover area with cold wet bandages or take a cool bath
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

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