Managing Psoriasis Flare Ups

Psoriasis is a common skin condition which has several uncomfortable symptoms. Psoriasis can flare up, causing more severe symptoms. Your dermatologist can help. Dr. Anthony Dee at Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Clarence, NY and serving Buffalo, NY, provides a wide range of skin services, including diagnosis, treatment, and management of psoriasis.

What You Need To Know About Psoriasis

Psoriasis is caused by autoimmune factors, resulting in the production of excess skin cells, produced too quickly. This overproduction of skin cells causes red, scaly, itchy, patches to form on the scalp, elbows, knees, and other areas.

Psoriasis can flare up, causing more severe symptoms. There are some steps you can take to limit psoriasis flare ups. Remember to:

  • Avoid injuries to your skin, including insect bites
  • Protect your skin from the sun by applying a high SPF sunscreen
  • Apply moisturizer twice daily to avoid drying and cracking skin
  • Practice stress management techniques including yoga, meditation, and deep breathing
  • Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures and wind

For a helpful quiz and more information on psoriasis triggers, please visit the American Academy of Dermatology website by clicking here.

When you are experiencing a psoriasis flare up, you may get some relief if you:

  • Apply a cold compress to psoriasis patches
  • Apply anti-itch medication to your psoriasis
  • Take oatmeal baths and other soothing bath treatments

If you are experiencing more frequent moderate to severe psoriasis symptoms, you should see a specialist in dermatology. Your dermatologist may recommend:

  • Prescription-strength topical steroid creams to control itching and slow skin cell growth
  • Laser therapy to help get rid of psoriasis patches
  • Prescription strength oral medications including cyclosporine and methotrexate, to reduce inflammation and lower skin cell production
  • Biologic drugs, to suppress an overactive immune system

Want To Know More About Psoriasis Management?

To discover more about managing psoriasis flare ups, call Dr. Dee at Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Clarence, NY and serving Buffalo, NY. You can reach him in the office by calling (716) 759-7759, so call today.

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