LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious skin disorder. The most common places to see these patches are on the legs, knees, elbows, arms, scalp, ears and back.
We're working for you this morning with ways to cope with psoriasis from Yahoo! Voices.
1. Take a soothing bath. Skin disorders have a catch-22 when bathing. Yes, it softens the patches, but on the other hand, too much water can also dry the skin. Think about softening the water with a capful of olive oil.
2. Moisturize often. To get the best benefits from your favorite cream, apply it generously after bathing. On persistent spots, a petroleum-based product is very effective, which is a thick healing ointment.
3. Bask in the sun. Doctors sometimes prescribe a regimen of ultra-violet light from a special light or tanning bed. But, if you live in a sunny climate, getting a moderate amount of sunshine enhances your production of vitamin D, which is very helpful in controlling this skin problem.
4. Watch your diet. Eating a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables and fish high in omega-3 helps to reduce inflammation. If you're not a big fish eater, there are supplements that provide this healthy oil.
5. Curb stress. Psoriasis isn't easy to contend with, however stress is a known factor. So keep your mental state in check through exercise and relaxation techniques.
Hopefully these tips will help you stay flare-free and feeling better.