What are other health issues related to psoriasis?
If you have psoriasis, you may have a greater chance of having other health conditions as well.
If you think you have symptoms of one
of these conditions, talk to your doctor.
- Psoriatic (sore-EE-at-ic) arthritis, which can cause pain and swelling in your joints
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Inﬂammatory bowel disorders, such as Crohn’s disease
- Certain cancers, such as lymphoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer
- Certain conditions such as osteoporosis (weak bones), kidney disease, liver disease, or inflammatory eye disease
Living with psoriasis:
can help you cope
In addition to treatment, there are some things you can do on a daily basis
that can help you stay healthy and manage your psoriasis.
Moisturize! Ask your dermatologist about the types of lotions and bath soaps that can soothe your skin.
Eat healthy and exercise. This is important since people with psoriasis are at higher risk for diabetes and other conditions. There are many factors to consider when choosing what to eat. So ask your doctor what a healthy diet means for you.
Drink less alcohol, smoke less, and watch your weight. Drinking, smoking, and gaining weight may worsen the symptoms of psoriasis.
Watch out for joint stiffness. Pay attention to whether your joints feel sore or stiff, especially in the morning. These can be signs of psoriatic arthritis.
Pay attention to your nails. Take a look at your nails often to see if the nail beds are yellowish-orange in color or have pits or ridges. These can also be signs of psoriatic arthritis.
Talk to someone. It is normal for people with psoriasis to experience feelings of sadness, lack of sleep, and trouble focusing on work or even basic tasks. You may also feel self-conscious about the scaly patches on your skin. If so, it’s important to talk to someone and not suffer in silence. You should never feel afraid to ask for help or talk to someone.
Talk to your doctor about your treatment. If you have questions about your medicine including side effects or the cost of treatment, talk to your doctor. It’s important to call your doctor before stopping treatment.