If you have any variety of psoriasis, you know it can be a frustrating and painful condition. There is currently no cure for psoriasis, but there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms. At Aglow Dermatology, Dr. Dina Strachan and her team in New York, NY, can evaluate you to determine the actual type of psoriasis you have, making a definitive diagnosis. After that, she can make recommendations in regards to treatment options and skin care.
How can I manage my psoriasis?
Below are some tips for managing your psoriasis:
- Keep your skin moisturized. This will reduce the itching and pain associated with psoriasis. Use a moisturizer after bathing and throughout the day as needed.
- Avoid triggers that can aggravate your psoriasis. Common triggers include stress, alcohol, smoking, and certain medications. If you can identify your unique triggers, you can avoid them and reduce flare-ups. During your initial consultation, Dr. Dina Strachan may ask about times when psoriasis is at its worse to help you in finding out what causes your condition to worsen.
- Be gentle to your skin. Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers and use a soft towel to pat your skin dry. Do not rub the skin when cleansing to avoid added irritation and redness.
- Use topical treatments. There are a variety of specific over-the-counter and prescription topical medicines that can help relieve psoriasis symptoms. Be sure to follow the labels’ directions carefully to ensure the best results, and talk to your doctor about any other medications or topical products you use.
- Ask your dermatologist about systemic medications. Systemic medications are a good option for treating moderate to severe psoriasis. They can offer relief when topical treatments fail to eradicate your psoriasis symptoms fully. Biologic drugs are one type of systemic treatment. They are strong new medicines that quiet the part of your immune system that is overactive due to psoriasis. Biologics are administered via injection or IV. However, some systemic medications can be taken orally instead. The latest versions target specific molecules in immune cells. Because systemic medications can take a few months to work, it’s important to be patient and trust the process.
Call Aglow Dermatology today to learn more!
These tips can help you manage your psoriasis and minimize the symptoms. If you have any questions or concerns or are interested in learning more about treatment with a professional, talk to your doctor in New York, NY. Dr. Dina Strachan and her team can be reached to request an appointment by calling 212-627-1004.