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Does Heat Affect Psoriasis?

woman with psoriasis

The underlying cause of psoriasis is a breakdown of the body’s immune system. There are several different factors that can trigger a psoriasis flare-up. Warm weather may help people with psoriasis feel relief and it less likely that a flare-up will occur.

Does Psoriasis Affect Your Body Temperature?

Some forms of psoriasis affect body temperature. More severe forms of the condition, such as erythrodermic and pustular psoriasis, are more likely to cause fluctuations in body temperature. Shivering episodes and even pneumonia may occur in serious cases.

Does Psoriasis Go Away in the Summer?

Psoriasis is a chronic condition. However, it can be controlled and go into remission for long periods of time, which may present no symptoms at all. Natural ultraviolet light and improved airflow over the skin due to changes in clothing may be beneficial factors.

How Do You Cool Down Psoriasis?

Rashes accompanied by an itchy, burning sensation are common with psoriasis. Although there are several different forms of the condition, some basic home care remedies can help. A daily warm bath with mild soap is helpful to many patients. A morning moisturizing routine can also provide relief to different areas.

How Long Does It Take for Psoriasis to Clear Up?

Psoriasis treatment can take many forms. Some topical medications available by prescription can provide relief in 4-6 weeks. Many treatments are intended to be used for about three months, although more aggressive prescriptions may require less time.

What Happens if Psoriasis Goes Untreated?

Untreated psoriasis can lead to other health effects. There are several other health conditions, called comorbidities that are more likely to occur when psoriasis is not managed. Your physician should screen for these other disorders and for psoriasis triggers that can cause flare-ups, then customize a course of treatment that can lead to lasting relief.

Is Psoriasis Harder to Manage in the Summer?

The combination of heat and humidity can be therapeutic, reducing both surface dryness and itchiness of the skin. Patients should be careful to avoid sunburn and wear a broad spectrum sunscreen if expecting to get more than fifteen minutes of direct sunlight.

How Do Seasons Affect Psoriasis?

Psoriasis patients should be prepared for fall weather, which may bring increased symptoms. As humidity decreases, you can compensate by using moisturizing lotion and avoiding hot showers, which can damage skin. Heavy clothing can also irritate the skin.

In winter, continue taking precautions to protect your skin and enhance its moisture. Additionally, it is important to manage seasonal stress. Stress is a well-known factor that contributes to psoriasis flare-ups in many patients.

If you have symptoms that could be psoriasis or would like more information on how to manage your psoriasis, make an appointment today with Pruett Dermatology of Key West and Islamorada, FL. Dr. Pruett and his team offer the highest quality of dermatological services, including psoriasis.

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