You may have noticed that your psoriasis can be exacerbated, both in intensity of symptoms and the number of flare-ups throughout the cold weather months. This can be due to multiple factors such as: less sun exposure, cold temperatures, dry air and heavier clothes that might irritate the skin. Moreover, during the colder months, the flu, colds, and other infections are common, and since psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, any of those infections can potentially worsen your psoriasis symptoms..
Here you have some expert tips to help you during the winter months:
- Keep your skin hydrated and moisturized
- Beware of your clothing fabrics. For example wool and synthetic fibers can eventually irritate your skin and worsen your symptoms
- It is recommended to use comfortable shoes, to avoid skin cracks, special if you suffer from pustular psoriasis
- Prevent and treat any type of infections since they can trigger a flare
And remember always check with your dermatologist if you have any doubts.
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- Vivir con psoriasis. Llegó el invierno, consejos para afrontarlo. Available at: https://www.accionpsoriasis.org/images/2015/Febrer/AP80edicio-web-13.jpg. Accessed: 26/082018