If your older family member has psoriasis, you’re probably familiar with the itchy, flaky patches of skin that characterize the disease. In addition to causing persistent itchiness, psoriasis can also be painful because sometimes the skin cracks. There can also be a burning feeling. Sometimes the pain can be caused by a skin infection, so if the older adult shows signs of infection, like oozing, they should see a doctor. However, if the pain and itching is caused by a psoriasis flare, there are ways you can make the older adult more comfortable at home. Below are 4 ways to ease psoriasis symptoms.
#1: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Near the top of every experts list of tips for dealing with psoriasis is to use moisturizers to keep the skin from getting too dry. The best moisturizers for people with psoriasis are those that are thick or greasy. These products usually come in a tub or a tube, not a bottle. Check the ingredients of the moisturizer and choose one that contains ceramide. Petroleum jelly can also be used to seal in moisture. Depending on the weather, moisturizers may need to be applied more than once per day, especially in the winter when the air is dry.
A home care provider can assist seniors to apply moisturizer, especially to hard to reach areas like the back or lower legs.
#2: Daily Baths
Taking a bath every day can soften the scaly patches and make inflamed skin feel better. The water should be warm, not hot as hot water can dry skin. Also, add something to the water to increase the soothing properties of a bath, such as:
- Colloidal oatmeal.
- Bath oil.
- Epsom salt.
- Dead Sea salt.
Because bathing can be difficult and dangerous for older adults, a home care provider can assist them to bathe safely by helping them in and out of the bath and preventing a fall.
#3: Fish Oil Supplements
First, seniors should never start taking a supplement without first consulting their doctor as some supplements may interfere with medications they are taking. Fish oil supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids that may help to reduce the inflammation caused by psoriasis.
If the doctor approves the use of supplements, a home care provider can remind the senior to take them.
#4: Use a Cold Pack
Cold packs help with itching because they confuse the brain. The body has a hard time feeling both cold and itching at the same time, so using a cold pack can stop the psoriasis itch.
Home care providers can prepare ice packs and help the senior to apply them and use them safely. It’s important to never apply them directly to bare skin and to use them for only 20 minutes at a time to protect skin from damage.
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