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Psoriasis Trials & Errors

Psoriasis Trials & Errors

Over the years I have noticed what works for me when it comes to treating my psoriasis. I realized that I experienced a series of trials and errors with respect to treatment. Primarily, I noticed that I needed to tackle the issue "what goes out" and "what goes in" to my body.

Let me first explain what I mean by "what goes out." That is a series of what I need to do to treat and manage my psoriasis on the outside; for instance, caring for my scalp and skin with oils, sun, shampoos, topicals, and lotions. When it comes to moisturizing I feel that I respond best to products in their purest or most natural states; items like shea butter, tea tree oils, coconut oils, and soft water. I also respond well to some prescription topical treatments. The list goes on but, again, it took a bit of trial and error to arrive at this point. I even think about what I wear, not so much because of the appearance of my psoriasis, but the potential adverse effects that facing the elements may have on my disease. Trust me, if you live in a cold weather climate, you definitely don't want to leave your plaque psoriasis open to the winds! Just don't do it! Anyway, I digress.

So, when I think about the term "what goes in," it's two-fold. First, it is obviously the things I ingest physically but also the things I ingest mentally. As a professional football player and an entrepreneur, there is a constant ebb and flow of daily occurrences, which can activate different stressors. It can be rather difficult to pick and choose what to internalize and what not to ignore. I have frequently employed various routines to manage my stress. Not to speak negatively of different practices but I'm not a big fan of yoga; however, I have heard on numerous occasions that it is very useful in relieving stress. I personally like to cook and listen to music to relieve stress. I just let the musical melodies take me wherever they please. I have found that when I escape my current stress my mental health is in a peak state; I also tend to experience fewer and less frequent psoriatic flare-ups.

When it comes to food, I try to stick to foods that have anti-inflammatory properties as well as nutrients that work well with my digestive system. While playing football for over 20 years, inflammation in every sense is almost inevitable; that is one of the reasons why I am such a huge fan of Omega-6, Omega-3, Glucosamine, Biotin and Chondroitin. Remember, trial-and-error!

Funny story, I remember one time I went to get some food from this fast-food restaurant (one that shall remain nameless) and I chose to get something quick mainly because it was a very "hustle & bustle" kind of day. As I ate this grease filled, by-product enriched, nutrient-lacking mystery food, me and my stomach were not on good terms — if you know what I mean. So, as the day continued my plaque psoriasis made me want to scratch like a mangy flea-bitten junk yard dog! So, the moral of that story is listen to your gut; no pun intended!

In essence, I realize my psoriasis journey has made me more aware of myself and has helped me to put in more of the good rather than the bad. I encourage you to pay close attention to your body and really find a healthy routine that works for you on all levels.

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Jonathan Scott is a paid spokesperson by LEO Pharma Inc. The views expressed are his own and do not reflect those of LEO Pharma Inc.

Any suggestions made are not intended to replace the advice of a qualified medical professional. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to making any changes to your treatment, exercise or diet routine.
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