Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States, affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals resulting in painful red, scaly patches on the skin that bleed and itch. The itch of psoriasis may have a larger impact on the quality of a person’s life than the visible effect of the disease. Some people have described it as a burning, biting sensation.
Stress is often a trigger because your immune system responds to injury and infection by sending out chemicals that cause inflammation and help heal a wound. In people with Psoriasis, the immune system over-responds, sending out too many of these chemicals.
So, reducing stress is important in combating psoriasis, and here are a few ideas that can help with that. Meditation has been shown to be an effective stress reducer, as has exercise. Exercise improves sleep, decreases anxiety, and increases endorphins, chemicals that improve mood and energy. You may also find it helpful to locate and work with a therapist who specializes in stress management.
Other helpful strategies that can provide relief for people suffering from psoriasis are to keep the skin moisturized, or to take cold showers or use cold packs (avoid very warm water and limit showers to 10 minutes or less). Cooling lotions in the refrigerator prior to use can help increase relief from the itch.
During this month of increased awareness of psoriasis, we can have an improved understanding of how to manage this disease or how to provide additional support for those we know who suffer daily from this autoimmune disease.
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