Self-Care at Home
- Exposure to sunlight helps many people with psoriasis.
- Keeping the skin soft and moist is helpful. Apply heavy moisturizers after bathing.
- Do not use irritating cosmetics or soaps.
- Avoid scratching that can cause bleeding or excessive irritation.
- Soaking in bathwater with oil added and using moisturizers may help. Bath soaks with coal tar or other agents remove scales.
- Cortisone creams can reduce the itching of mild psoriasis and are available without a prescription.
- Some people use an ultraviolet B light unit at home under a doctor's supervision. A dermatologist may prescribe the unit and instruct the patient on home use, especially if it is difficult for the patient to get to the doctor's office for phototherapy treatment.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/3/2013
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