Your Doctor’s Visit

How to make the most of your doctor visit and what to expect

 

Preparing for your appointment

Dermatologist appointments can be brief, and there’s often a lot to cover, so it’s a good idea to be well prepared for your appointment. Here’s some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and to let you know what to expect from your doctor. What you can do: Continue reading “Your Doctor’s Visit”

How to Deal with Others

Handling The Reaction of Others

Psoriasis is a visible condition, and it may make some people uncomfortable at first because they don’t understand it and may even think that they can “catch it” from you. Some people may just be curious. You cannot control how people react to your psoriasis, but you can help them understand psoriasis by giving them accurate information. Use misunderstanding as an opportunity to educate; to help people set aside their fears. Continue reading “How to Deal with Others”

Emotional Support

How To Deal with My Emotions

Psoriasis can cause a range of emotions: shock, confusion, anger or frustration about what is happening to your skin. These emotions can be a gateway to profound sadness or depression, affecting your self-esteem. Many people find that this range of feelings can ebb and flow throughout life, just like the physical psoriasis lesions. Relationships, careers and self-worth can be strained if emotional responses are not recognized and dealt with as they come up. Continue reading “Emotional Support”

Associated Health Problems

What other Health Problems Should I Watch Out For?

People with psoriasis have a higher risk of developing some other health conditions. These are called comorbid diseases or comorbidities, and include heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes. People with more severe cases of psoriasis have an increased incidence of psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, cancer, depression, obesity, and other immune-related conditions such as Crohn’s disease. Continue reading “Associated Health Problems”

Treatments

How Is Psoriasis Treated?

Psoriasis treatment ranges from topical treatments, to pills to injections to light therapy! While the goal of any treatment is to give you clear skin, your dermatologist will help you choose a treatment plan that suits you based on your treatment preferences, your type of psoriasis, what skin areas are affected, and the disease’s effects on your overall physical and emotional well-being. Continue reading “Treatments”

Home Remedies

What Can I Do to Control My Flare-Ups?

A key factor to treating any chronic condition is taking care of the health decisions that are under your control. That means eating well, getting regular exercise and reducing your stress. Taking care of these lifestyle choices can also help reduce your risk for some other health conditions that are associated with psoriasis, such as cardiovascular disease. Continue reading “Home Remedies”