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.
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