We Present Here A Guide To Warm Weather Psoriasis Care
Psoriasis care is easier in warm weather. We list out a few tips on how you can manage psoriasis in the summer. We explain here what should you do and what should you not do?
What To Expect
It can hurt and itch in case of the red, scaly patches that come with psoriasis. As the weather warms up in the summer, the good news is that many people find these spots getting better. To help avoid the summertime flare-up there’s a lot you can do.
Enjoy The Sunshine
Thanks to the sun as it is one reason psoriasis often gets better in the summer. Ultraviolet light seems to help most people with this condition. This is the reason as to why doctors sometimes prescribe light therapy. With an SPF of at least 30, you should still wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Get (a Little) Sun Exposure
Don’t overdo it even though sunbathing may help. Depending on your dermatologist’s advice, start with a few minutes in the sun and work your way up. To protect your skin from damage and burning, use sunscreen on areas of your skin without psoriasis.
Sunburn can make matters worse while sunshine helps many people with psoriasis. You will need to take extra precautions if your skin tends to burn more easily. Making you more sensitive to the sun are certain medications and so keep it in mind.
Swim Or Soak
It’s OK to go swimming unless you have open sores. A way to ease stress is also a great exercise. In a hot tub, you can also enjoy a relaxing soak. Helping to soften and clear hard or crusty skin patches are some people finding time in the water to be.
Shower, Then Moisturize
It’s a good idea to take a shower to rinse off chlorine or other chemicals that may irritate and dry your skin after a dip in the pool or hot tub. Here you can experiment washing with chlorine-removing soap and shampoo. Use lotion to help moisturise your skin after drying off.
Take Care When Shaving
Often meaning shorts and bathing suits is warm weather. It also means more time shaving for many women. It’s important to take extra time and care to avoid nicks and cuts that may cause your condition to flare and be aware when you have psoriasis. To lower the chance that you will cut yourself, use moisturisers and shaving gels.
Turn Down The A/C
It may dry out your skin and make psoriasis worse if you spend a lot of time in air conditioning. On your thermostat, consider turning the temperature up. Don’t forget to moisturise when you spend more time outdoors.
Tune In To Your Climate
Summertime means hot and humid weather in many places. Keeping your skin from drying out is the extra humidity. Use a good moisturiser just like you would in the winter if you live in a place that’s hot and dry in the summer. To add extra moisture to the air, plug in a humidifier.
Keep Bugs At Bay
We always find warm weather meaning mosquitoes and other bugs, also meaning bug bites. They are even worse when you have psoriasis as itchy bites aren’t fun for anyone. A couple of weeks later, you might get a red itchy patch right in the same spot as a bite. Use insect repellent sprays, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay indoors at times of day when the biting bugs are most active to keep this from happening.
Steer Clear Of Poison Plants
In many places, poison ivy and poison oak are a downside of warm weather. Triggering your psoriasis to flare is the itchy rash caused by oils from these plants. Make sure you know what these plants look like so that you can make sure not to touch them to avoid this. Wash your skin right away if you do come into contact.
Dress To Stay Cool
People tend to wear fewer layers of clothing which is another reason psoriasis gets better in warmer weather. Their skin gets more exposure to the sun and fresh air as a result. To get those shorts and T-shirts out of winter storage early is a good idea. As soon as those temperatures start to rise, start to enjoy the nice weather.
As A Bottom-Line Take A Vacation
Always summer is a great time to visit the beach, the mountains, or another favourite spot. It’s a good idea to take this time to kick back and unwind as many people find their psoriasis gets worse with stress. Without the stress of travel stay local and enjoy some fun. Helping your mood as well as your psoriasis is that break which you may find.