Psoriasis Awareness Month: Understand Your Treatment Options
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that affects millions worldwide. Though the underlying mechanism is unknown, researchers believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors can lead to psoriasis.
If you or a loved one are affected by psoriasis, you know the difficulty of managing the condition. Here are some treatment options, from what you can do at home to what a dermatologist can provide you.
At-Home Treatments and Management Methods
Though medical treatment is most effective at lessening symptoms or causing psoriasis remission, there are management techniques you can employ at home.
Plaque psoriasis is categorized by the dry, flaky patches of skin that can appear all over the body. Keeping your skin moisturized by staying hydrated and utilizing lotions for sensitive skin can help.
Reducing lifestyle risks that can exacerbate psoriasis, such as losing weight, ceasing smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation, can decrease the risk of a flare-up.
Psoriasis is known for its flare-ups, periods where the condition’s symptoms are most intense. One aspect of treatment and symptom management you can lead is monitoring your triggers.
By learning what causes your psoriasis to flare up, you can better manage it and even extend the time of your psoriasis remission.
Topical and Oral Medication
From medications that suppress the immune system to drugs that promote skin regeneration and even ones that slow down skin regeneration, a variety of topical and oral medications can be prescribed to you.
Though medication is a viable option to treat your psoriasis, speak to your doctor to understand the potential risks and benefits.
At the dermatologist’s, you can undergo light therapies. Light therapies utilizing different wavelengths of light, typically UV B light, have been clinically shown to improve the symptoms of psoriasis.
The severity of your psoriasis can determine how long and how many sessions you may need. Though typically, repeated treatments can offer more significant results.
In conjunction with other treatments, light therapies can lead to remission of psoriasis.
Psoriasis Treatment at Florida Academic Dermatology Center
Psoriasis can be managed. Treatment options can be effective by recognizing your triggers and working with a team dedicated to you and your care.
At Florida Academic Dermatology Center in Coral Gables, FL, our team has extensive experience, and a track record focused on providing you with care and results. We know psoriasis can be difficult, which is why we are proud to be able to offer the XTRAC® light treatment for psoriasis. This laser is backed by the National Psoriasis Foundation and FDA cleared.
We offer a variety of treatments and are willing to work with you to find relief. If known treatments are ineffective, we are at the forefront of medicine at Florida Academic Dermatology Center and offer clinical trials for new psoriasis treatments.
Contact us today at 305-324-2110 to start your psoriasis treatment.