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Look after your body
If you have psoriasis (Pso), try to take a holistic view of your self-care.1 That means not only taking treatment as your doctor has prescribed, but also looking after yourself as a whole.1
Watch your diet
It’s a good idea to try to eat a balanced diet and control your weight.1 Some healthcare professionals recommend eating lots of fruit and vegetables, because they contain vitamins and antioxidants, and fish such as salmon and sardines.2 Try to opt for healthy fat, like olive oil, seeds and nuts and cut down on processed foods, refined sugar, fatty red meat and dairy.2 If you drink alcohol, making sure you do so in moderation, and kicking a smoking habit may also help – alcohol and smoking have been shown to increase the risk of psoriasis.2,3
“I used to let it stop me from going about my life, but I refuse to let it get in the way anymore.”*
Exercise can help you destress and maintain a healthy weight, which could lower your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.1 Remember that being overweight can also make it difficult to treat Pso plaques in wrinkles or folds of skin, so it’s worth getting fit for many reasons.4 Have you considered yoga, walking or gym classes? It’s important to find activities that work for you as you’re more likely to stick with them, but please check with your healthcare professional before starting anything.5
Have you tried walking or taking the stairs whenever possible?
Don't forget your skin and nails
Pso can affect both skin and nails, so make sure you pay special attention to yours.6 These days, we all try to wash our hands regularly, so make sure you moisturise well.7 Keeping your nails trimmed and using gloves to help you avoid irritants when doing chores or gardening is also a good idea.7 If you have Pso plaques on your feet or toenails, make sure you keep them clean and dry by wearing merino wool socks or roomy shoes.8 And if you’re out and about, make sure you protect your skin from the sun.9 Finally, while it may be tempting to have a good scratch when you wash your hair, please make sure you don’t.10
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*Representative of patient experience
1. NHS. Living with psoriasis. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/psoriasis/living-with/ Accessed: June 2020.
2. WebMD. Psoriasis and diet. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/psoriasis-avoid-foods Accessed: June 2020.
3. Armstrong AW, et al. BJD 2011;165:1162-8.
4. National Psoriasis Foundation. Inverse psoriasis. Available at: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/types/inverse Accessed: June 2020.
5. National Psoriasis Foundation. Psoriasis and exercise. Available at: https://www.psoriasis.org/treating-psoriasis/complementary-and-alternative/exercise#:~:text=Exercise,disease%20and%20type%202%20diabetes. Accessed: June 2020.
6. British Association of Dermatologists patient hub; Psoriasis: an overview. Available at: https://www.skinhealthinfo.org.uk/condition/psoriasis/ Accessed: June 2020.
7. AAD. Skin and nail care. Available at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis/skin-care/nail-care Accessed: June 2020.
8. National Psoriasis Foundation. Shoes for palmoplantar psoriasis. Available at: https://www.psoriasis.org/blog/shoes-for-palmoplantar-psoriasis Accessed: June 2020.
9. National Psoriasis Foundation. Sunscreen guidelines. Available at: https://www.psoriasis.org/advance/staying-safe-sun Accessed: June 2020.
10. AAD. Scalp psoriasis. Available at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis/treatment/genitals/scalp-hair-loss Accessed: June 2020.