Psoriasis Treatments and Resources
If you’re one of the more than 7 million Americans that have psoriasis, you’re likely wondering about your treatment options. Can you manage it yourself? What’s the best way to treat a flare-up? Can you prevent future flare-ups? Should you see a dermatologist? Does lifestyle play a role? These are all important questions when living and dealing with psoriasis on a daily basis. To help you navigate the complex world of psoriasis treatment, we’ve organized a list that highlights a variety of options. You may find that a combination of things work best to calm your psoriasis flare-ups, remove scales, encourage skin healing and soothe dry, itchy skin.
Try Over-The-Counter Treatments
Topical treatments that you can buy without a doctor’s prescription are readily available at your local drugstore. They come in a variety of forms. Two active ingredients, salicylic acid and coal tar, are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as psoriasis treatment options.
Moisturizing helps relieve the itching, dryness, redness, soreness and scaling associated with psoriasis. Use fragrance-free products to minimize additional skin irritation.
Enjoy The Sunshine
Soaking up UV rays two or three times a week can help soothe, improve, or even heal psoriasis lesions. Be sure to apply sunscreen to the skin not affected by psoriasis.
Research suggests stress can trigger psoriasis and increase itching. Incorporating stress-relieving techniques into your daily routine, along with a healthy diet and exercise can help relax both your skin and mind.
Maintain A Healthy Weight
Some studies suggest that overweight people with psoriasis who lose weight may experience a decrease in their psoriasis symptoms.
See Your Dermatologist
Forefront Dermatology is home to Dermatologists who specialize in psoriasis treatment. Be open with your doctor. Talk to him or her about your daily struggles and ask about your treatment options. Your dermatologist can prescribe medications beyond what you can purchase over the counter. These medications can include steroids, biologics, immunosuppressant drugs, and oral retinoids.
About Forefront Dermatology
Forefront Dermatology is the best dermatology practice in the United States with numerous convenient locations. We diagnose and treat skin cancer and all diseases of the skin, hair and nails; such as acne, warts, rashes, rosacea, skin cancer, psoriasis, eczema, and mole and cyst removal. With a diverse group of dermatologists, we are able to provide patients timely access to a diverse collection of expertise, such as Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery, dermatopathology and pediatric dermatology. In addition to our medical expertise, our experienced dermatologists also offer the latest cosmetic procedures to help revitalize and rejuvenate your skin, such as cosmetic filler treatments with Dysport, Juvederm and Radiesse as well as Botox. We also offer a wide variety of chemical peels that allow us to tailor a treatment that is right for your specific skin condition. Your skin is the largest organ of the body, protecting you from many environmental stresses. Leave it to our team of experts and the best dermatology in your neighborhood to help keep your skin healthy and looking its best. We encourage you to browse our website for information on our locations, dermatologists and treatment options. Did you like this post? Please leave a comment below. Join our online communities on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.