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What are the recommendations for basic skincare in people with psoriasis?

What are the recommendations for basic skincare in people with psoriasis?

When managing psoriaisis, regular use of emollients (moisturisers) and gentle cleansers are part of the basic skin care that's recommended by dermatologists. In mild cases of psoriasis, emollients alone may be enough to manage symptoms. In more severe cases, however, emollients and cleaners should be used in combination with prescription creams, ointments or systemic anti-inflammatory treatments as prescribed by your healthcare practitioner. Regardless of the severity, all people with psoriasis should use emollients. In mild cases and during pregnancy and breastfeeding emollients are suggested as the first line of therapy. Research shows that regular use of emollients helps to control...

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Your most common questions and misconceptions about psoriasis answered

Your most common questions and misconceptions about psoriasis answered

In this post, Nøie's team of skin experts are answering your most requently asked questions about living with psoriasis. IS PSORIASIS CONTAGIOUS? NO! Psoriasis is not contagious! It is not something you can "catch" or that others can catch from you. WHAT TRIGGERS PSORIASIS? For some individuals, factors such as infections, stress, alcohol and/or smoking appear to have a role triggering flares of psoriasis. For some patients, certain medications such as beta blockers, lithium and antimalarial medication can cause psoriasis to flare. Obesity appears as well to be associated with psoriasis and in overweight patients exercise and losing weight can...

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Vitamin D and psoriasis

Vitamin D and psoriasis

Nicknamed the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is actually a hormone which is made in response to UVB light hitting our skin. Sunlight is our main source of vitamin D, although we consume small amounts from food, but this only accounts for around 5-10% of our needs. Vitamin D’s main job is helping the body absorb calcium to create strong bones but the discovery of vitamin D receptors throughout the body shows that is it involved in many biological processes, including regulating immune function, skin cell growth and inflammation. The amount of vitamin D your body makes is affected by clothing...

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Avoid these 6 triggers to prevent psoriasis flare ups

Avoid these 6 triggers to prevent psoriasis flare ups

There is, unfortunately, no magic formula when it comes to your psoriasis. What may cause one person’s condition to worsen, may not affect another. That said, psoriasis is caused by more than just genetic factors. Environmental triggers can also have a big impact on the day-to-day symptoms of your condition. In this article, we'll cover some common environmental triggers that it’s helpful to know about and stay on top of to make sure you live as comfortably and flare-up-free as possible. Let’s take a look at what they are, and what you can do about them. Weather Changes You might...

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Can emollient therapy prevent atopic dermatitis?

Can emollient therapy prevent atopic dermatitis?

Children and eczema: An overview of what recent scientific literature says The following information is taken from the findings of a small study which showed, for the first time, that emollients may effectively be used to prevent atopic dermatitis in early life. Can the risk of developing atopic dermatitis be lowered? In children that are predisposed to atopic dermatitis (i.e. those with a family history of eczema), the risk of developing atopic dermatitis can be reduced by as much as 50% if the right preventative measures are taken. The importance of emollients in preventing child eczema This preventative effect can...

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