Psoriasis is a challenging skin condition that can do a lot more than cause dryness and irritation. Treating and coping with psoriasis is a lot easier with the help of a dermatologist you can trust.
Psoriasis can range in severity and manifest itself in a variety of different ways, but one thing is universal: it’s not fun. Even the most mild form of psoriasis can leave you with irritated, itchy skin that often also looks unpleasant. Thankfully, if your psoriasis isn’t too bad, you can learn to cope with little medical intervention. It is important to note, however, that you should always consult your dermatologist when you notice a change in your skin, no matter how small. Skin changes can be the first warning sign for more serious issues, and an early diagnosis is crucial for prevention and treatment.
With all that said, you might be wondering what you can really do at home considering you still need an expert’s opinion. That’s a fair question, and regardless of how extreme your psoriasis is, there are things you can do in your life that can greatly improve your symptoms. If dry air is a trigger for your psoriasis, make sure to have a humidifier or two ready for the winter. Cold air holds far less moisture than warm, summer air and your skin can suffer for that. A humidifier in the room you’re in and your bedroom while you’re cooped up all winter can be a great tool for preventing psoriasis flare ups. To help against dryness even more, find a moisturizer that works for your skin. There are many products specifically formulated for psoriasis that are designed to not trigger a flare up and still keep your skin feeling hydrated.
When psoriasis is persistent, even if it’s mild, you might be in need of some more help. Your dermatologist can prescribe a medication that should work to alleviate your symptoms. Topical medications like cortisone are usually very effective against itchy, flaky skin caused by psoriasis. Applying these prescription strength medications, which may contain vitamin D, tar or anthralin directly to the skin can provide instant relief. Tar shampoo can be especially effective on psoriasis of the scalp. Some of these drugs work to slow the skin’s shedding process, while others are more geared toward treating the symptoms rather than the condition.
In some cases of severe psoriasis, oral medications can be prescribed. Oral medications are designed to prevent the immunal issues that cause psoriasis. Since psoriasis is caused by overactive white blood cells causing skin to shed too rapidly, inhibiting this response can be the best choice. These drugs work quickly and can be used in people who can’t otherwise treat their psoriasis, due to allergies or other health problems.
Sunlight has a healing effect on psoriasis in some cases. It’s not that the sun has some hidden power, it’s ultraviolet radiation. When the skin absorbs this light, it produces vitamin D. Vitamin D has been shown to prevent a variety of skin conditions including psoriasis. Many people, especially in the winter time, can experience vitamin D deficiency. Light therapy is a safe and effective way to get this necessary time in the light, without risking long-term health complications. While UV light helps psoriasis, it can cause skin cancer and premature aging of the skin if you’re not careful. The process for light therapy is simple. Expose the affected skin to light for a predetermined amount of time. Your doctor can fine tune the treatment so that it’s the exact strength your skin needs, to get the best results but still be safe.
Regardless of how severe your psoriasis is, there is something you can do to make it a lot better. Call the trusted source for psoriasis information and treatment: Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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