When coping with a flare up, the most important thing for me is to keep calm and gain control of treating my psoriasis, as this is how I stay positive. There is nothing worse than going to bed, having a good night’s sleep and waking up the next day with psoriasis rapidly re-appearing. This is something that can change how I feel very quickly!
When I was younger, as I have previously mentioned, I found it hard to cope with my psoriasis. Even though this isn’t the case now, having a flare up can bring back those negative feelings which I used to experience and that’s why I have to keep control.
Over the last few years I’ve found ways of, I suppose the word would be, ‘protecting’ myself from feeling conscious and uncomfortable.
The main area for my psoriasis to flare up is my hands. This is where I really dislike having psoriasis as it is the area I find cracks the quickest and becomes very red and sore. When I can see my psoriasis flaring up, I ensure that I keep my hands more moisturised than usual.
This can stop my skin becoming very flaky and depending on how bad my flare up is, I will also use body make up to cover up the redness of my skin. This is a very simple way of ensuring I feel comfortable.
Flare ups, for some people, can be more common in winter due to the harsh weather. Luckily for me, I tend to find the weather doesn’t really impact my psoriasis too much other than on my hands.
I keep hand moisturisers everywhere – in my car, my handbag, coat pockets and where ever else I may be! This helps keep my skin soft and smooth.
Take some extra time
It is important for me during a flare up to spend more time using a variety of ways to ensure I control my skin as quickly as possible. For example, I ensure I allow myself extra time to use thick moisturisers and give them time to soak into my skin before getting dressed or when getting out of the bath. This is important to me as it can prevent my skin cracking and becoming sore.
Pay your GP a visit
Depending on how severe my flare up is, I also book an appointment with my GP, as they are always very understanding and can sometimes help me by prescribing a short dose of creams or ointments to prevent any more breakout until I see my dermatologist.
I also use my time with my GP to discuss how I feel and how I’m coping, which can be helpful in itself.
Get a good night’s sleep
For me, it is also important to make sure I get a good night’s sleep. We all know this can be a challenge with just a little psoriasis, so during a flare up it can be almost impossible! I find if my bedroom is cool and I wear cotton pyjamas that helps me get to sleep.
As I have already said, it is very important for me to feel in control of my flare up because if I get myself stressed out, my flare up is also likely to get worse. During a flare up, I also suffer with tonsillitis so looking after myself properly is key. I find there is nothing better than relaxing in a nice bath with some candles and my favourite CD!
UK/IE 2013b/00060i. Date of Prep: December 2015