Easier-Said-Than-Done Psoriasis Tips

Managing my severe psoriasis continues to be a great challenge. I’ve tried myriad therapies over the past four decades, yet even though I use a combination of psoriasis treatments, I still have lesions on many parts of my body.

What my unpredictable psoriasis will do next is never far from my thoughts. My wish is for it to get better on its own, but it never does. I dread my next flare, checking my skin often for signs of one coming.

I’m also continually on the lookout for tips on how to manage my psoriasis better, scouring the internet for news on psoriasis therapies or advice from fellow patients. At doctor appointments I’m always asking whether I can try something new or make a change to my treatment plan.

The problem is that even when I get the go-ahead to switch things up, my follow- through may not be great. If a new approach requires too much time or effort, I’m more likely to discontinue it. Still, over the years I’ve had my successes.

Here are my experiences attempting to follow four deceptively simple pieces of advice.

1. Moisturize Right After Bathing

Until about 10 years ago, I didn’t fully understand the importance of moisturizing my dry skin. Then I heard about the effectiveness of emollients used within three minutes of toweling off.

3. Don’t Scratch!

Many people with psoriasis consider itching to be one of the hardest symptoms to live with. And most know that scratching those plaques and lesions only worsens the inflammation. It makes sense not to scratch.

4. Be Open With Your Doctor

One of the most inconvenient treatments I’ve ever been prescribed was for my scalp psoriasis. When the doctor told me to put a lotion on my scalp, cover it with a shower cap, then sleep with it on all night, I thought, “That’s easy for you to prescribe, but that’s hours of work on my part!” But how do I tell my doctor that?

Although it didn’t come naturally, I’ve worked hard at developing the kind of rapport I need to collaborate closely with my doctor. I’m glad I finally spoke up about that shower-cap scalp treatment, for instance, because when I did, my dermatologist prescribed a convenient-to-apply foam instead.

Managing psoriasis is not easy, and taking action can be much harder and more complicated than anyone who doesn’t have psoriasis might think. But take a tip from me and keep at it until you find what works for you.

You can read more about my experiences on my website, PsoHoward.

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