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.
- Check with your doctor about light therapy. Light therapy, also called phototherapy, can be an effective treatment for psoriasis. Dr. Dina Strachan can give you more information about this option if you are a good candidate for it.
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.