Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease where the skin grows too fast. Dead skin cells build up on the skin’s surface to form inflamed, thick, silvery scales called plaques. You can also form small lesions that hurt or have pus in them. Stress, infections and certain medications may cause a flare up, but you can’t spread it to another person.

Treatment Options

You can treat your psoriasis with medications, including oral, injected and topical. But it’s also important that you manage your symptoms. Suggestions to keep your psoriasis under control include:

  • Take a 15-minute warm bath
  • After a shower or bath, apply lotion to your damp skin
  • Use relaxation techniques to manage stress
  • See a doctor right away if you have a skin injury
  • Expose the part of your skin with psoriasis to the sun for 5 minutes a day, using sunscreen on the other parts of your skin
  • Use hydrocortisone cream
  • Avoid harsh cleansers and detergent and household cleaners