Winter Survival Guide for Psoriasis
Many people look forward to the cooler months of autumn and winter, with their crisp, cool air bringing relief from summer’s heat and humidity. However, those who suffer from psoriasis may not be so happy about this seasonal change. In fact, dry, cool air can make the chance of having a flare-up more likely. In addition, decrease in exposure to sunlight may make psoriasis worse. Why? Your skin produces vitamin D when the sunlight touches it. Vitamin D deficiency is quite common, especially in fall and winter months with shorter days and longer nights. Studies have shown that a deficiency in vitamin D may be a contributing factor in autoimmune diseases, psoriasis being one of many known autoimmune diseases.
Self-Care Tips for Psoriasis Control
There are many things that you can do to keep the psoriasis symptoms at a minimum:
- Turn down the thermostat in your home: in-home heating systems make the air very dry, which can exacerbate symptoms
- To ensure that your skin has enough moisture – drink plenty of water
- Avoid bathing in water that is too hot, since this can dry out your skin even more; it also causes more ‘heat’ in the skin, which can be seen in the redness and inflammation of psoriasis
- Pure water can be drying for psoriatic skin – Merry Clinic’s Dead Sea Mineral Soap is a good choice for bathing, since the minerals from the Dead Sea have healing properties, and help the skin to retain moisture
- Don’t scrub with a towel when drying off, but gently pat the skin dry; use a pure moisturizer, such as extra virgin coconut oil
- The holidays during the colder months of autumn and winter can be a bit stressful for some people. This can make the psoriasis worse. Try to minimize stress by eating a healthy balanced diet, getting enough sleep, regular exercise, and using certain stress reduction techniques, such as meditation. Getting regular acupuncture treatments is also a great way to ease stress – during an acupuncture treatment, people generally become very relaxed and often fall asleep.
- As far as diet is concerned, to avoid further aggravating your psoriasis, you need to eliminate certain foods which might generate toxins inside your body. These foods include: alcohol, coffee, spicy food, shellfish, tropical fruit (mango, pineapple), red meats, nuts, dairy and gluten.
- If you are a smoker, one of the best things you can do for your psoriasis is to quit smoking. Your body already has too much ‘heat,’ as you can see from the redness of the psoriasis areas.
Try Natural Herbal Medicine for Psoriasis Treatment
In addition to these self-care tips, Merry Clinic’s Psoriaid herbal tablets are the best way to combat psoriasis symptoms. Psoriaid tablets balance the body’s immune system, and therefore treat the root cause naturally and without side effects. You can find these and other supplemental products to help you get through the colder months with a minimum of psoriasis symptoms on the following web page: