“Today has been eighty degrees in the shade. I was clever, and I stayed in the sun.”
It was a chilly winter’s day in Darien, Illinois, and I had just finished my morning walk with my dog around the neighborhood. As soon as I got inside my house, I knew it was time to go back outside. My skin felt tight and uncomfortable, and there were red patches of psoriasis all over my body. This is not an uncommon occurrence for me – winters are brutal on people with psoriasis. The cold creates dryness, which worsens our need for warm, moist conditions like Florida’s year-round!
Florida is one of the warmest climate states in the U.S., which is excellent news for people with psoriasis. Many people find that the weather influences their psoriasis symptoms or flare-ups. A cold, dry climate aggravates symptoms in some people as it quickly dries out the skin.
A warmer, moist climate is ideal for managing psoriasis – and Florida has no shortage of these.
Living in a warm, humid climate has definitely helped my psoriasis symptoms. I have not had a flare-up like the one I described above since moving to Florida nearly two years ago!
If you are struggling with your psoriasis, consider moving to a hotter climate – it may be just what you need to manage your symptoms😉.
What is psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and what are the symptoms.
It is an autoimmune condition that causes the skin to become inflamed and irritated. Symptoms can vary from person to person but may include red patches, scaling, itching, or burning sensations. Psoriasis is a lifelong condition that requires ongoing treatment and management.
It is a type of inflammatory arthritis that is often associated with psoriasis. This chronic condition causes pain and swelling in the joints and joint damage to bone tissue and cartilage over time. Symptoms may include stiffness or locking of the joints, swollen fingers or toes, tenderness under the kneecap (knees), feet problems such as sores or ulcers, and eye problems.
Symptoms of psoriasis are flare-ups.
Flare-ups of psoriasis can be triggered by various things, including stress, cold weather, infection, and certain medications. Symptoms may vary but often include increased redness and inflammation in existing psoriasis patches and the development of new patches. Flare-ups can last anywhere from days to weeks and often require a change in the treatment plan.
How climate affects psoriasis?
Many people find that climate significantly impacts their psoriasis flare-up.
Cold, dry aggravates symptoms in some people as it quickly dries out the skin. Colder weather is a common psoriasis trigger. The chilled climate typically means drier air, which can exacerbate the dryness on psoriasis plaques. And as the skin dries out, it becomes more prone to cracking, bleeding, and infection. Cold weather is frequently accompanied by fewer hours of daylight.
Warm, wet is beneficial for treating psoriasis – and Florida has plenty of it! With more natural sunlight and higher humidity, a warm climate can improve psoriasis and reduce joint pain and stiffness in people with PsA.
Living in a humid climate may also help manage psoriasis outbreaks. If you are struggling with your psoriasis, consider visiting or even moving to a warmer climate – it may be just what you need!
Tips for managing your condition if you live in a cold climate:
- Increase your water intake to help keep your skin hydrated.
- Apply a moisturizer frequently, and use a heavier cream or ointment at night.
- Avoid harsh soaps and detergents that strip natural oils from the skin.
- Cover up with clothing when going outside in a cool climate.
What is the treatment for psoriasis?
Treatment of psoriasis typically involves a combination of medications and self-care measures, such as moisturizing and avoiding activities that trigger outbreaks of flare-ups.
Trigger for a psoriasis flare-up.
- Stress is a significant factor for psoriasis to get out of control.
- Cold weather
- Certain medications, including beta-blockers and lithium.
- Alcohol consumption
- Wrong diet.
Self-care efforts can help manage flare-ups: try keeping lotion on hand to soothe skin and avoid hot baths or showers, which can dry out the skin.
Can I move to Florida if I have psoriasis?
Since I was diagnosed with psoriasis 16 years ago, I always knew Florida was where I wanted to live. The climate is perfect for people with psoriasis, and, luckily, I was able to make a move a few years ago. If you are struggling with your psoriasis, consider moving to a warmer climate – it may be just what you need to manage your symptoms.
However, please keep in mind that weather is not likely to be the only factor in managing your condition. Please speak with your doctor or dermatologist about any changes you make to your treatment plan, medication and always follow their advice when it comes to psoriasis management! The National Psoriasis Foundation is expanding medical research into infections, the immune system, and skin cells. Please read on for more information is free.
Why I moved to Florida
Moving to Florida helped my skin condition. Many people find that climate significantly impacts their psoriasis symptoms or flare-ups. Cold and dry aggravate symptoms in some people as it quickly dries out the skin for worse quality of life. Hotter, moist weather is ideal for managing psoriasis – and Florida has no shortage of these! Living in a friendly, humid climate has definitely helped my psoriasis symptoms. I have not had a flare-up like the one I described.
How moving to Florida helped my psoriasis symptoms.
Living in a state with many sunny days is beneficial for people with psoriasis. Flare-ups and symptoms are far less severe when the humidity is high, which helps keep outbreaks and signs under control. In addition, spending time outside in the sun getting UVB rays helps psoriasis outcomes. A state like Florida is the best place to spend time outside and get the UVB Rays.
UVB rays are natural psoriasis treatment, and exposure to these rays can help improve psoriasis outcomes. Many people need to spend time in a sunny climate to improve their skin condition.
As mentioned before, stress is one of the most common triggers for psoriasis flare-ups. When you are stressed, your body releases hormones that can aggravate symptoms of psoriasis.
Strategies for managing stress may include exercise, relaxation techniques, and long walks outside and activities.
My stress level has significantly decreased since moving to a sunshine state. Florida has a lot of beautiful parks, beaches, and restaurants you can eat outside, and I always take advantage of these opportunities and spend more time outdoors.
Overall, I am delighted with my psoriasis improvements since moving to Florida. I genuinely think that moving helped me control psoriasis triggers and treat severity.
My personal experience with psoriasis and living in the Sunshine State
I can go out without wearing long pants or sleeves in 80-degree weather, vastly improving in Illinois, where winter is brutal. Living for so many years in Illinois, many people find that climate significantly impacts their mood and well-being; I feel much happier since relocating to a stable summer state.
Living in a sunny state like Florida has been fantastic for my psoriasis and mind.
Florida has been great for my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The humidity helps keep flares under control and spend time outside. My stress level has significantly decreased since moving to a sunshine state.
There is no better place for controlling psoriasis triggers than in a state with year-round warm weather and plenty of outdoor activities.
The best outdoor activity in Florida bucket list:
- Walking in the most beautiful parks
- Biking on the longest and most exciting bike trials (Pinellas trial)
- Volleyball on the beach
- Horseback Riding
- Swimming in the ocean
- Boating on a river, lake, or bay …
Florida has a lot of parks.
- 175 state parks and trails in the U.S. state of Florida
- Eight hundred thousand acres (320,000 ha) of recreational land for residents and tourists.
I wondered if you know, that Florida has the greenest space per capita in cities that have emerged.
According to the World Health Organization, green spaces are critical to the ecosystem and citizens’ mental health.
Since relocating to that beautiful state of nature, I’ve had the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time walking and enjoying everything that the state has to offer.
I needed to spend time outside for my psoriasis(scalp psoriasis). In Florida, I don’t have to worry about a lack of sunlight or chilled weather keeping me from having fun or environmental factors triggering my skin condition.
Studies show that green spaces can improve our mental health. We’re quicker to recuperate from stress, and we’re less prone to sadness.
Florida and the green space are the best for mental health. The sun, the sand, and the water make people happy. Psoriasis can be a depressing and painful disease because it’s chronic and causes lesions on the skin.
Often, flare-ups make it difficult for psoriasis “patients” to enjoy their lives. That is why everyone who has this disease is self-conscious about their appearance.
Moving to Florida was the best decision I ever made. Beautiful sunny days make me happier. The environment here is perfect for my psoriasis, and healthy skin and it has helped me manage my symptoms better. I hardly ever have a flare-up now, and they are not as severe as they used to be when I do.
I had no idea that moving to Florida would help reduce my symptoms so much! It just shows you the difference environment can make to your skin condition.
Moving to Florida has done wonders for my psoriasis, and I’m not in a flare all the time like I was when I lived in Illinois. The humidity makes my skin feel better, and the sun helps clear up my psoriasis.
The best way to improve your mental health is to move to Florida! If you have psoriasis, it will help clear up your skin too! People living with Psoriatic arthritis will benefit from the climate and the exercise options available in Florida. So pack your bags and head on down!
Florida is the best place to be. The green atmosphere makes people feel better, and psoriasis can make a person down because of the lesions on their skin. So when you move here, it will help your mental health too! Especially if you have arthritis from having the psoriatic disease. You’ll not only love how great Florida feels, but you’ll love how your psoriasis flares improve!
If you have been thinking about moving to a warmer climate but aren’t sure it will help your condition, I highly recommend coming down here! It’s worth a try if nothing else seems to help.
Good luck, my friend, best wishes from me to you!
If you are moving to Florida or have already made a move and find that your psoriasis symptoms have improved, please share your story in the comments below. We would love to hear from you! And if you’re not currently living in Florida, tell us why – we want to know what makes this state so unique! 🙂
What is the ideal climate for psoriasis?
This is great information about Psoriasis and Psoriasis arthritis. Great news that you were able to move to Florida and that it has been helpful. Enjoy the peace and stay healthy!
Yes, Florida’s warm temperature definitely helped my psoriasis. Thank you for taking the time to read this. ☺️
Your journey of moving to florida looks so inspiring. Loved it
Yes, Florida is a great place to live. Thank you for reading.
Such a great post. I didn’t know Florida can have such an amazing climate. I wish you the best ❤️
Florida has terrific weather and numerous benefits, such as being happy and active all year. The sun makes us happy and relieves our stress. For me, the essential is the help with my skin. Thank you for your time.
Really interesting to hear about how the weather affects you. Glad you are feeling better in Florida!