Psoriasis causes itchy red scales on the skin that pale off from time to time. It is associated with itchiness, which can be severe and a burning sensation in extreme cases. Since psoriasis is of different types, symptoms differ from one patient to another, but they are manageable using medication such as topical application, orals, injectables, and light therapy. When it comes to skin conditions such as psoriasis, coping can be challenging, especially if it has affected the skin’s broad areas. It becomes even more challenging when the affected person is a teenager since self-esteem begins to build. Many skin conditions predispose the affected person to stigma since many people think they can be transmitted from one person to another.
Fortunately, psoriasis cannot be passed from one person to another through any form of skin contact. The good thing is, if you follow the treatment correctly, you can successfully manage the symptoms causing the disease to go into remission for quite a while. Other coping mechanisms you can adopt are below.
Follow the doctor’s treatment to the latter.
The first obvious way of coping with psoriasis is by following the doctor’s treatment properly. If you have topical applications, use the correct prescription and use moisturizer more frequently to remove the scales. Medications are meant to reduce the rapid multiplication of skin cells that cause scales’ build-up on the skin’s surface. Many people who have psoriasis and have closely followed treatments will testify they have experienced good results. If one treatment doesn’t seem to work even after a long duration, consult with the doctor to try another medication. The good thing is that there are many ways of dealing with psoriasis, including clinically tested herb extracts for application, essential oils, aloe vera extracts, and other traditional supplements.
Research more about the condition
Getting educated about psoriasis is another mechanism of coping with it. Research more, and through that, you will come across useful information that you can use to manage the condition more easily. For instance, through education, you may find out about trigger factors that cause psoriasis flare-ups, and you will avoid them. You will also be able to educate your family members, people close to you, and other people that have psoriasis about it. That way, people around you will acknowledge and appreciate your efforts in dealing with the condition.
Cover up when you feel its necessary
You won’t even realize that many people have psoriasis because they cover up the scaly patches in ointments, skin care products such as cosmetics and concealers. Others wear less revealing clothes to minimize starings in public places and so forth. When you feel it is necessary, you can wear cover-ups to make you feel better, but it should not be on open lesions.
Find a support group.
It is easy to experience stress and depression if you have psoriasis, especially of your efforts to manage the symptoms don’t seem to work. Stressing out is not healthy for psoriasis, and it triggers flare-ups. Instead, find a support group where you can interact with other people who have psoriasis, encourage one another, and share ideas on coping with it. You can ask your doctor for information about any support group in your area.
In final words
Psoriasis is not the end of life. You can manage and cope with the condition successfully.