Health Minute: Psoriasis

Aug 4, 2020

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According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than 8 million Americans have Psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder that affects skin. Psoriasis is not contagious, but can reduce quality of life.  

Here are some tips to promote skin healing and calm flare ups:

Moisturize after bathing to decrease dryness, itching, redness, soreness, and scaling. 

Take a warm bath with mild soap to soothe itchy spots and remove dry skin. Pat skin dry. 

Seek out sun exposure 2-3 times a week. UV light decreases skin cell growth. Be sure to use sunscreen on healthy skin. 

Decrease stress, stop smoking, and limit alcohol.  


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For WPSU’s Health Minute, I’m Cheraine Stanford.