Psoriasis and summer: tips to deal with it in the best way. The sun and the sea are valuable allies for more than two million Italians with psoriasis who see the sun and sea water as an improvement of skin manifestations related to psoriasis, but the obvious risk of prolonged sun exposure can produce skin burns and dryness.
With the arrival of the summer, a series of psychological problems related to the skin manifestation of this disease will also appear. People suffering from psoriasis tend to hide, even in summer, the imperfections of the skin related to this disease. Let's see how we can deal with this situation and how we can try to alleviate the symptoms during a favorable season for those suffering from this disease, taking into account a number of measures.
The sun and the sea are valuable allies for more than two million Italians with psoriasis who see the sun and sea water as an improvement of skin manifestations related to psoriasis. But we must also take into account the other side of the coin, the obvious risk of prolonged sun exposure can produce skin burns and dryness. Although it is true that the sun and sea help the skin affected by psoriasis while correcting skin imperfections, it is necessary to pay attention to excessive exposure to the sun and the sea in order to avoid traumatic events that may worsen this situation.
Be careful with the sun
The effects of ultraviolet rays and sea water on the skin are well known, an epidermis that manages to stay moist and hydrated thanks to the warm and humid climate which is very typical in summer. On the other hand, sun exposure contributes to increase vitamin D production that helps, as we all know, to counteract the effects of this disease. In this sense, psoriasis patients benefit from the positive effects of climate and the increase of vitamin D production, and they notice a disease progression at cutaneous level.
In any case, we should be very careful regarding sun expose in order to avoid what is called "Koebner phenomenon", worsening of the disease with the formation of patches in those areas expose to physical trauma such as burns or mechanical trauma such as rubbing.
People with psoriasis should not be exposed to the sun during the hottest time of the day. They should also consider possible treatments and medicines they are taking, and know which of those could be photosensitizers. In this way, the risk of appearing annoying patches on the skin is higher.
In these cases, it is always advisable to consult your dermatologist before sun exposure.
Measures to keep skin fresh and
In the ideal case, to keep the skin clean and well hydrated in the summer is for those suffering from psoriasis, possibly with dermatologically compatible products that do not cause adverse reactions in the skin which is already stressed and weakened by this condition.
The main advice to keep your skin hydrated will always be to drink lots of water, at least two liters a day.
It is also important to apply a moisturizer after shower, which is totally skin compatible and able to return to the skin the right level of hydration.
To prevent excessive sweating and irritation of the skin, you should choose fresh and light clothing made from natural materials such as cotton and linen, avoiding synthetic fibers that eventually irritate the skin.
Food is also a key element to keep skin fresh and moisturized, even in summer, and to prevent the exacerbation of symptoms of the disease. We must completely not consume complex and heavy foods but fresh and lighter ones, and include fruits and vegetables that are considered essential for a healthy diet. It is also necessary to avoid alcoholic beverages, as these can interfere with certain medications, cause inflammation of the skin and thus, worsen psoriasis symptoms.
It is recommended to continue the same treatment used during previous months, especially in the summer season, to prevent that a temporary treatment discontinuation can worsen the symptoms of the disease making worthless to restart the treatment.
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