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Psoriasis Tips for Summer

Psoriasis impacts about 7.5 million Americans. Did you know that no cases of psoriasis are exactly alike? Triggers for flare ups can vary greatly from patient to patient. Some patients will find that the increased sunlight and humidity levels will help keep their flare ups at bay. While others, might be hypersensitive to ultraviolet radiation.

As a dermatology practice that specializes in treating psoriasis, we wanted to provide as many tips as possible to assuage a surprise inflammation.

Protect your skin in the sun

Is your psoriasis sensitive to sun? If so, phototherapy is a treatment that is used in more severe cases. It is crucial that you constantly apply sunscreen when outside. A small sunburn can lead to a psoriasis flare up.

Sweat can be a trigger

Excessively sweating during the summer can be a trigger on your scalp and face. However, cold air from air conditioners can also impact your psoriasis. One way to solve this problem is by purchasing a humidifier.

Avoid spending too much time in the pool

As we mentioned above, each patients’ psoriasis is vastly different. Some may find that swimming in the pool irritates their skin, while others see that the water helps soften the skin that is impacted by build-ups of plaque. Either way, you should avoid spending too much time in the pool.

Watch out for bug bites

It is very important that you protect your skin and watch out for bug bites in the summer. A flare up can occur in response to a bug bite on the skin. You should purchase an insect repellent with low levels of DEET.

Enjoy the weather and relax

It is finally warm outside! Take some time to relax and destress. Psoriasis flare ups can occur due to anxiety and stress. So, go on a relaxing vacation or sit outside in your garden.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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