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Managing Psoriasis

The success of your medical treatment depends on you. When your doctor gives you a treatment plan, ask when you should expect to see results. Then, follow your plan. If your treatment does not work in the expected time, let your doctor know. Psoriasis responds to treatment differently in each patient. So your doctor may need to refine your treatment. If your psoriasis improves with treatment but later worsens, don’t worry. Over time, treatments often stop working. Ask your doctor about other treatment options.

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Psoriasis Self-Care

Follow these steps to help manage your symptoms:

  • Take baths to help soak off scales. Use warm, not hot, water. To avoid drying out your skin, limit each bath to about 15 minutes.

  • After you bathe, apply lotion right away, while your skin is damp. Dry skin can make symptoms worse.

  • Use a dandruff shampoo to control scalp psoriasis.

  • Prevent skin injuries, which can cause flare-ups.

  • Manage your stress, and use relaxation techniques.

  • Avoid abrasive cleansers, harsh detergents, and household chemicals.

Getting Good Results

Now that you know more about psoriasis, the next step is up to you. Follow your doctor’s treatment plan and self-care routine. Doing so can help you control your symptoms. If your symptoms don’t improve or they get worse, call your doctor. Psoriasis can’t be cured. But its symptoms can be managed.


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