Psoriasis is a skin condition caused by a malfunction of the immune system, called an autoimmune disorder.
It causes the skin to become itchy and inflamed. Psoriasis is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. Living with it can be a challenge because it can make your aging relative quite uncomfortable at times, especially during flare-ups when symptoms are worse. Below are 4 tips for making life with psoriasis a little more comfortable for your older family member.
#1: Soak Up Some Sun
Ultraviolet (UV) light can make skin cells grow more slowly, which can help psoriasis lesions to heal a bit. However, seniors shouldn’t spend excessive time out in the sun since it can lead to skin cancer. Also, a sunburn can make psoriasis symptoms worse. Aim for a short time outside two or three times per week. Before going outside, older adults should apply sunscreen to the healthy parts of their skin but leave psoriasis lesions uncovered.
#2: Avoid Scratching
Scratching can make symptoms worse. It can also break the skin, opening it to germs and infections. Instead of scratching, soothe the itch by applying a cold compress or using medications recommended by the doctor.
Keeping skin moisturized can help psoriasis to heal and prevent new patches from appearing. It also keeps the skin healthier overall. Which moisturized your aging relative should use depends on how dry their skin is, to begin with. Ointments are thicker and heavier, so they trap moisture in the skin. Lotions are lighter, allowing for absorption into the skin. Creams are between ointments and lotions in thickness. Some research suggests that using a moisturizer that contains liquid paraffin or petrolatum may be especially useful to people with psoriasis. The best time to apply a moisturizer is after a bath or shower while the skin is still damp. Also, seniors should put on more moisturizer throughout the day and when they change clothing.
#4: Take Warm Baths
Soaking in a warm bath every day for about 15 minutes can reduce itching caused by psoriasis. Some people get even better results if they add finely ground oatmeal, Epsom salt, or oil to the bath. Don’t make the water too hot as it can dry the skin and make symptoms worse. Also, use only mild soaps.
Elderly care can assist your aging relative to take steps to control psoriasis symptoms. Elderly care providers can help them to take a warm bath, making sure the temperature isn’t too hot and assisting them to step in and out of the tub safely. Elderly care providers can also remind the older adult to use psoriasis medications and not to scratch. Elderly care providers can even help with putting on moisturizers, covering areas of the body the senior cannot reach.
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