Psoriasis can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable disease for seniors to live with. Often, the condition and many of its triggers are inherited through genetics, but there are many other factors that can lead to a flare-up. Though outbreaks can be difficult to prevent, North Coast elder care professionals suggest a few things your elderly loved one can do to minimise his or her risk.
Stress is a considerable risk factor for psoriasis. Maintaining balance in life and avoiding stressful situations can greatly reduce your loved one’s chances of a psoriasis outbreak. Managing stress can be difficult for some seniors, but practicing yoga and meditation or seeing a counsellor can help reduce their stress levels, and there are even support groups for people with psoriasis.
Avoid Certain Weather Conditions
Protecting the skin from various types of weather exposure can reduce your loved one’s risk of a psoriasis outbreak. Cold, dry air should be avoided when possible, as should intense heat and sunlight. Your loved one should keep his or her skin properly moisturised when exposed to undesirable weather conditions.
Prevent Skin Infections
Psoriasis can also develop on parts of the body that were previously cut, burned, or had other skin irritations. To prevent infections that can lead to severe psoriasis outbreaks, areas with these types of damage should be kept clean and properly maintained.
Be Wary of Certain Medications
There are several medications and groups of drugs that can aggravate the condition as well. Many beta-blockers (blood pressure medications) and arthritis medications can lead to psoriasis outbreaks, and even basic Advil, Tylenol, or Motrin can lead to an outbreak. Your loved one should be careful when using medications and always consult a doctor if he or she is unsure about the effects they can have on psoriasis.
Becoming familiar with symptoms of common age-related health conditions and learning how to prevent them is a good step toward helping your loved one remain healthy. For more information on promoting your loved one’s wellbeing, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our dedicated caregivers provide comprehensive dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care North Coast seniors can count on and are trained to assist with a wide array of important daily tasks. To learn more about our aged care services, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 1300 LIVE-IN or (02) 6646 3527 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.