Moving to warmer humid climate

Posted Fri 21 Jun 2019 12.09pm by Brownhammer (edited Fri 21 Jun 2019 12.30pm by Brownhammer)

Hi All,

I am new to the forum and I do not really know if this topic has been discussed before.

In a nutshell, I suffer from severe plaque psoriasis (affecting the scalp, nails, arms, legs, torso and back) for over 8 years. I had recently completed 24 sessions of phototherapy with minimal impact. The alternative options discussed by my dermatologist were drugs administered orally, which I am not keen on because of the potential side effects.

I am however keen to see if there are people who suffer from psoriasis have moved to warm and humid places like Florida and seen visible improvements.

Appreciate all your support in advance :)

Posted Sat 22 Jun 2019 1.02am by wendyloish

Hi Brownhammer,

I hope that my own experiences might be of some help in telling you what you want to know. I was born and grew up in Australia. I developed mild psoriasis in my late teens, which pretty much came on during winter, and I controlled it by sunbaking in the early spring. But I lived in America for a while (in Connecticut) and during that time my psoriasis developed into a real problem. Fortunately my husband was working for a Professor Nordlund at Yale, a renown skin specialist. His advice? Expose my skin to sunlight, difficult in Connecticut in winter, but we returned to Australia, where the climate and lifestyle seemed to help get my skin back under control. It never really goes away, but the sun and the surf are certainly helpful for me. I still expose my skin to the sun during the winter months, and it continues to help. But as I have got older I have found that heat in fact makes my skin break out, especially humid heat.

On the basis of my own experiences, I would say that a climate like that in New Mexico or Arizona might be better if you are thinking of America, somewhere where the heat is dryer. I have been more than once to Florida and the humidity there can be pretty oppressive. And I think that it is not the warmth that is important, but the fact that when it is warm we wear clothes that expose more of our skin to the elements, especially the UV of sunlight.


Posted Sun 23 Jun 2019 4.54pm by Brownhammer

Thank you wendyloish for sharing your experience, you are clearly well travelled. I am open to locations but its good to know that I should narrow down my options to locations that have dry heat.

Posted Tue 8 Oct 2019 10.49am by Kiwi1957


Currently in Fuerteventura receiving some (wonderful) natural treatment for psoriasis. The treatment centre here is of the strong opinion that a dry climate is helpful for psoriasis, unlike a humid one. Reflecting on some of the posts relating to bacteria.....perhaps there is a link as a humid environment does encourage rapid growth of bacteria etc far more than a dry one. I live in the UK- every time I go somewhere sunny with a dry climate my skin improves. But as we know, psoriasis is a tricky beast and what works for one person will not work for all.

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