Your family doctor will probably send you to see a dermatologist – a doctor that specializes in treating skin problems. Your dermatologist will probably do the following things during your dermatology appointment: Continue reading “Seeing the Dermatologist”
You’re at the stage of your life where you’re starting to make decisions about the person you want to be and how you want to live your life. Psoriasis may complicate things, but it doesn’t have to hold you back. That’s up to you. Here are few lifestyle questions that often come up for teens. Continue reading “Social Life”
Some things to think about
- Ask for support. No one will know you need it if you don’t ask.
- Be willing to discuss your psoriasis with others, as much as you feel comfortable with doing so. The more people know about and understand psoriasis, the better and easier it will be for you.
- Real friends will want to know about you and will want to help. They won’t be put off by psoriasis.
- You have nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. You didn’t do anything to get psoriasis.
- Feeling anxious, angry and depressed is normal. It’s okay to have these feelings, but it’s not okay to let your feelings control you. Ask for help if you need it. Friends can help.
- Find what works for you.
Because the symptoms of psoriasis are caused by an overproduction of skin cells, many psoriasis treatments work by slowing down skin cell reproduction. Some treatments help to remove scale while others help soothe itchy or uncomfortable skin. Continue reading “Treatments”
Psoriasis is a chronic (ongoing and often recurring) autoimmune disease characterized by patches of red and usually scaly skin. Continue reading “What is Psoriasis?”
Developing psoriasis, like any chronic disease, has an effect on your physical and your emotional well-being. Learning as much as you can about psoriasis can help you cope with both the physical and emotional side of having psoriasis. It isn’t fair that you developed psoriasis, but it is your reality, and knowing as much you can about it puts you in charge. Continue reading “Welcome”