Psoriasis in Media & Paoli, PA
Dealing with dry and itchy skin can be irritating, but it can also be uncomfortable showing off skin when it’s also covered in scaly patches. Dealing with itchy, scaly patches of skin can be a sign of psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic disease and can interfere with your sleep, be painful, and make it hard to concentrate and function. There are ways to treat your psoriasis and live a more comfortable life without having to feel like you need to hide your skin. Our board-certified dermatologists at Aesthetic Dermatology Associates can help manage your psoriasis symptoms.
Dealing With Psoriasis
Psoriasis can have a variety of symptoms, but are often shown as itchy, scaly rashes that occur on the torso, elbows, knees, or scalp. Psoriasis doesn’t have a direct cause, but often is thought to be because of problems in the immune system. There are factors that can trigger psoriasis to occur, such as having a family history or being a smoker. If you do have psoriasis, you may find that things like smoking, cold weather, or skin injuries can trigger an outbreak to occur.
There is no cure for psoriasis, but it can be treated and managed. Your dermatologist may recommend corticosteroids to help deal with psoriasis. This could be through many different methods like a cream, lotion, or oil. Retinoids and salicylic acid could also help manage your symptoms and help with itchy skin. Depending on the severity of your psoriasis, your dermatologist might recommend light therapy or certain oral or injected medications to deal with certain symptoms.
Preventing an outbreak could be through keeping up with your treatments, as well as avoiding triggers like smoke, heavy alcohol consumption, and staying moisturized in cold weather.