Tips and recommendations for managing psoriasis
Patients of the Short Hills, NJ community dealing with skin concerns will want to work with a team of providers who can provide an accurate diagnosis of the issue and ensure treatment options are reliable and valuable to the patient. If you are struggling with conditions such as psoriasis, know that you are not alone. Read on to learn more about psoriasis and the recommended ways to reduce flare-ups and improve your overall quality of life while living with this condition.
What is psoriasis?
Our team at Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills describes psoriasis as a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to produce new cells at a faster rate than usual. This can cause the skin on the body to become thick, red, and scaly in a specific area. It is most often found on the knees, elbows, scalp, and back.
What causes psoriasis?
The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it is believed to be related to an overactive immune system. There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are treatments that can help reduce its symptoms. Additionally, patients can follow certain recommendations to reduce psoriasis symptoms and the itching that can accompany them.
What are some recommendations for managing psoriasis?
There are a few things you can do at home to help manage your psoriasis symptoms, including:
- Keeping the skin clean and moisturized
- Avoiding scratching of the affected areas
- Using a humidifier in the cooler winter months to fend off dryness
- Avoid common triggers, including stress, alcohol, and smoking
Patients who follow these recommendations often see an improvement in their symptoms. Additionally, our team at Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills may also recommend medicated creams or ointments, oral medications, light therapy, or other treatments to help control psoriasis symptoms.
Call for an appointment today!
If you are struggling with psoriasis, know that you are not alone. Our team at Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills is here to help you. Call our office at 973-232-6245 to request an appointment at our office and learn more about this condition and the best ways to manage it. We work directly with new and established patients to help them with their skincare needs.