Winter exacerbation of psoriasis: causes, preventive measures
Winter exacerbation of psoriasis: causes, preventive measures
дек 27, 2023

Psoriasis is considered to be a common chronic skin disease that affects about 1% of the Russian population. This pathology often occurs due to genetically determined causes. It is characterized by an undulating course with alternating periods of exacerbation and remission.

There are many factors that provoke skin deterioration. Cold is considered one of them. Most patients notice that new plaques appear on their skin in winter. The skin flakes off and dries more strongly.

Causes of winter exacerbation of psoriasis

In winter, certain conditions arise that contribute to the exacerbation of this disease. Here are several reasons why psoriasis manifestations increase in the cold season:

  • Humidity change. In winter, the air becomes drier due to heating systems and low temperatures. This dries the skin, which worsens manifestation of psoriasis.
  • Reducing the intensity of sunlight. In winter, the days become shorter, and the level of insolation decreases. Ultraviolet rays have a positive effect on the symptoms of the disease and inhibit the inflammatory process in the skin. The lack of sunlight in winter in some patients leads to an exacerbation of psoriasis.
  • Restriction of microcirculation. In the cold season, capillaries narrow, which worsens the blood supply to the skin. Limited blood circulation increases the risk of skin changes.

Each patient has their own individual factors that affect the development of an exacerbation of psoriasis in winter. Therefore, it is important to identify and eliminate the cause of the deterioration in a timely manner.

How to prevent exacerbations of the disease

To prevent deterioration, it is important to properly organize skin care in winter. It is worth using moisturizers regularly. Specialized creams or ointments will help keep the skin hydrated. It is best to apply them immediately after a shower or bath, when the skin is still wet.

Our company produces a special gel that restores the structure of the epidermis in patients suffering from psoriasis. The drug activates its regeneration. It cleanses the affected skin, relieves irritation, itching and peeling. There are several other ways that will help prevent winter exacerbation:

  • Avoid overheating. Very hot water, excessive heating of the room or wearing too warm clothes made of synthetic materials causes skin irritation. Try to maintain a comfortable temperature in the room, wear natural fabrics, and avoid taking a long hot bath or shower.
  • Humidify the air. Install a humidifier in the apartment to reduce the dryness from using heating systems. It will maintain an optimal moisture level and soften the skin.
  • Prevent the occurrence of stressful situations. Stress is considered one of the factors contributing to the exacerbation of psoriasis. Try techniques such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or doing your hobby that brings pleasure.
  • Stick to a healthy lifestyle. Proper nutrition and sufficient physical activity will strengthen the immune system and improve the overall condition of the skin.

Regular visits to a dermatologist will allow you to monitor the condition of your skin, take timely measures to prevent exacerbations or change your treatment strategy in time, if necessary.

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