The hallmark symptoms of psoriasis—red, itchy, scaly patches on the skin—can be uncomfortable. So, chances are, when you have a psoriasis flare-up, you’ll try anything to help stop it from spreading or getting worse. The good news? There are plenty of ways you can take to control flares and get your condition under control. Start with these steps.
1. Follow Your Treatment Regimen
One of the best things you can do to lessen psoriasis symptoms and prevent them from flaring up is to find the right treatment plan for you. “It is recommended that patients with psoriasis speak to a dermatology-certified clinician to discuss which treatment modalities are appropriate based on level of severity, coexisting psoriatic arthritis, and influence on daily quality of life,” says Ashton Frulla, N.P., a board-certified dermatology nurse practitioner at Entière Dermatology in New York City.
And once you have the right treatment plan in place, be sure to stick with it. “It’s important to follow your treatment regimen in order to keep your psoriasis as best-controlled as possible,” adds John Anthony, M.D., a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. If it doesn’t seem to be working well for you, work with your doctor to make any adjustments.