Lifestyle changes to consider

Lifestyle changes to consider

How to help yourself

One of the best things you can do to manage your psoriasis is stick to the treatment plan prescribed by your GP or dermatologist.

Lifestyle changes may also have a positive impact on your condition.

Manage stress levels

Stress is a trigger for symptom flare-ups, so it is important to do what you can to reduce and manage your stress levels. For more information about stress, including management tips, visit lifeline.org.au

Avoid skin damage

Try to prevent skin ‘damage’. Cuts, insect bites, scratching and even sunburn can all trigger a psoriasis flare-up or make it harder to treat.

Know your triggers

Keeping a ‘health journal’ can help you figure out what triggers, or contributes to a psoriasis flare-up. Keep a record of everything from your moods, new products you’re using, and anything that happens to your skin.

Stay active and eat well

Exercise improves mood, sleep quality and is a useful stress-reduction technique, while eating a healthy, balanced diet can help maintain good general health.

Look after yourself

People with psoriasis have an elevated risk of developing other chronic and serious health conditions. It is important that you take care of all aspects of your health, not just your psoriasis. Adopt a healthy lifestyle, wear sunscreen and a hat when outside, keep your vaccinations up to date, and take any prescribed medication as your doctor instructed.

Quit smoking

As well as increasing the risk of developing psoriasis in the first place, smoking can also make your psoriasis worse.For advice and help to quit smoking, call Quitline on 13 78 48 or visit quitnow.gov.au

Know your alcohol tolerance

Drinking too much alcohol can make psoriasis worse. For adults, experts recommend no more than two standard drinks per day.1


A guide to understanding psoriasis

If you have any questions about managing your condition, talk to your GP or dermatologist.

REFERENCES

  1. The Australian Government Derpartment of Health. Reduce your risk. new national guidelines for alcohol consumption. Available at https://www.alcohol.gov.au/internet/alcohol/publishing.nsf/Content/guide-adult

This educational resource is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare team. If you have any questions about your condition or treatment, please contact your doctor.