September 24th, 2013

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects many Canadians.  Dry, itchy and sore skin accompanied with flare-ups of painful scales occurs with this condition. It might be good to know that there are many prescription treatments available.
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In today’s post, I would like to highlight some skin care recommendations for people with psoriasis.

DON’T SCRATCH or PICK

  • Although scratching seems like the reaction to irritated skin, it can lead to open sores and possibly infection

MOISTURIZE

  • So easy, yet so effective!
  • Reduces itchiness, dryness, redness and soreness and scaling
  • Helps skin heal after a flare up
  • Choose products that are fragrance-free

DAILY HYGEINE: Baths over showers

  • Soothe itchy spots
  • 15-minute bath with oil, Aveeno® oatmeal, Epsom salts
  • Use lukewarm water—never hot!
  • Pat dry, not rub

REDUCE STRESS

  • Identify triggers of stress
  • Know where you can turn to for help if needed
  • Know what works for you to reduce your stress: cup of tea? A run? Chatting with a friend? Yoga?

MODERATE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

  • Excessive consumption may lead to a flare-up
  • Potential serious drug interactions with certain prescription medications

QUIT SMOKING

  • Can trigger a flare-up
  • Be cautious of nicotine replacement patches, as the adhesive may be an irritant – talk to your Pharmacist about other nicotine replacement products

MILD SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

  • Choose fragrance-free cleansers, detergents, and shampoos.
  • Watch out for alcohol content in facial products, as it can be drying and irritating to skin

SUN EXPOSURE

  • Small amounts of UV exposure, two to three times a week, can help soothe and heal lesions
  • It is important to use sunscreen on those areas not affected by psoriasis.
  • Please check with your MD before making UV therapy a regular part of your therapy.

London Drugs Pharmacists are a part of your health care team along with your doctor.  We provide valuable and responsible information for your health and wellness management.  We are hoping that our flexible hours and numerous locations will make it convenient for you to receive the health information and assistance you require.

Choose to be well,

Pindy

References: Therapeutic Choices, 6th Edition WebMD

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