I suffer from a skin condition called psoriasis.
It’s where particular areas of the skin regenerate too hastily, creating a buildup that has a scaly appearance. It can sometimes become red, itchy & sore. For me, psoriasis is only a concern on my knees & elbows. It can get bad enough that the skin cracks & bleeds, & the ugly appearance is often embarrassing. I’ve looked into prescription medication, but it’s harshly costly & not overly effective. I’ve tried all sorts of over-the-counter lotions & beach home remedies. Even a treatment that provides improvement won’t remain effective for undoubtedly long. I’ve noticed that my symptoms worsen during the winter, when the air lacks humidity. I live in a northern area where the weather is brutal & the season seems to last forever. We endure temperatures in the negatives, which means that the furnace is running always for about 6 weeks. The heating system makes the concern over dry air a larger problem, however static cling, chapped lips, frizzy hair, itchy eyes, headaches & even sore throats are some of the signs of insufficient humidity! Dry skin is also a usual side-effect & for me, the psoriasis becomes painful. To create a more comfortable & healthier home, I’ve invested in a humidifier. The humidifier is installed into the furnace, adding moisture to the air as it passes through. By maintaining ideal humidity levels, the air feels warmer. I’m able to lower the temperature control setting a bit. I’ve lessened demands on the furnace, lowered my biweekly energy bills & seen an improvement in my problems with psoriasis.