Travel And Psoriasis
By Freedom 360
Medically reviewed by Freedom 360 Panel of Doctors
Travel is very much part and parcel of the Singaporean lifestyle. Be it for work or play, most of us find ourselves on a plane heading overseas at some point. However travelling for psoriasis patients may be more cumbersome due to the challenges of the condition.
Take the following steps to enjoy your travel and keep it psoriasis-worry free!
1. Choose when you travel
If timing is within your control, it is best to travel during Spring and Summer when you can get a fair amount of sunshine as ultraviolet light from the sun helps to ease psoriasis. Dry air and low levels of sunlight in Autumn and Winter can aggravate your condition.
2. Prepare your skin before you travel
Start by taking extra good care of your skin well before you go on your trip. This will help minimize the risk of a flare up when you are travelling. You may be exposed to a lot of different environments which can increase the risk of infection, particularly if you are on immune-suppressing medication. And visit your doctor for a check up and some blood tests done before you leave so you know you have a clean bill of health.
3. Managing medication on the road
As a psoriasis patient you would probably have several lotions and medications which you’ll need to bring. Pack with great care. Consider the following pointers for packing:
- Make a check list, so you don’t miss anything. It’s a real pain to forget your medications on the road, especially if you need a prescription to get more.
- If your psoriasis medications need refrigeration, carefully pack them in an insulated bag packed with ice while travelling to your destination. Remember to refrigerate them immediately upon arrival at your hotel.
- If your medication is in liquid form and you’re traveling by air, you'll need a note from your doctor to be allowed to take your medications with you in a carry-on bag, especially for long hauls. Pack efficiently and check that they are small enough to meet the travel requirements. Keep your medications in their original packaging so that they are easily identifiable. Remember – keep your doctor's note with you at all times.
- Pack anti-histamines just in case you start to feel the itch coming on. They can be life savers to help you avoid scratching and tearing your skin, especially at night.
4. Keep your skin hydrated
The air in planes is very dry and this can quickly irritate and dry out your skin. Make sure that you moisturize your skin before boarding the plane, and if you feel your skin becoming tight and dry, reapply generously as and when necessary. Drink plenty of water during the flight and avoid alcoholic beverages which dehydrate your body.
5. Take control of your stress
There is little doubt that stress can affect the condition of your skin and cause flare-ups. And travelling can be a stressful event for some. Some easy ways to minimize stress are to pack and plan ahead of time, give yourself ample time to reach the airport and clear customs. Calm your nerves by listening to music or reading a book in flight. If you are on a long flight, try to get up during the flight to stretch.
6. Dress comfortably
When travelling it is very important to wear loose, comfortable clothing that will not rub against and irritate your skin. Whenever possible, choose soft, cotton fabrics.
Despite having psoriasis, you can still enjoy yourselves when travelling. With these few tips in mind, an enjoyable and eventful trip is in store!