Clearer Skin by Summer Possible for Many with Psoriasis
If spending another summer hiding beneath long
sleeves and pants seems unbearable, you may want to see a
dermatologist this spring. By beginning treatment now, it is
possible to see clearer skin this summer.
To see clearer skin by summer, dermatologists recommend:
Make an appointment to see a dermatologist
this spring, and let the person making the appointment know your
goal ó to see clearer skin by summer. Treatment takes time
to work. The purpose of this appointment should be to explore
treatment options. The agreed upon treatment plan should be one
that you feel comfortable following. If you do not feel
comfortable using a medication or your schedule does not allow
you to follow the plan, be sure the dermatologist knows.
Maximize time with the doctor by being
prepared. Bringing important information with you and
learning a bit about treatment options will allow you and the
doctor to spend more time discussing the treatment plan. Before
Make a list
of all past psoriasis treatments, the results, and any side
effects you experienced.
Make a list
of your current medications and therapies, including
vitamins, herbal remedies, and supplements. Your
dermatologist needs to know about all complementary or
alternative therapies because some of these interact with
conventional medication. This can affect the outcome of your
available treatment options. You will find information on
this site within Treatment.
Use the medication. Following the
prescribed treatment plan is essential. Medication cannot work
when it is not used. Serious side effects can occur if some
medications are abruptly stopped. For example, rapid withdrawal
of systemic steroids can cause psoriasis to flare and even
trigger another form of psoriasis to develop such as pustular or
The following tips may help you stick to the
into your schedule for treatment. You do not have to follow
this plan forever, just a few months.
thoughts of skipping a treatment pop into your head, think
of the goal: To see clearer skin by summer.
Donít overuse the medication. Enthusiasm
about seeing clearer skin by summer can cause some people to
overdo it. Applying more medication to your skin than directed
or taking a medication more often than specified by your
dermatologist can do more harm than good.
If treatment does not work, tell your
dermatologist. It takes time to see results. If several
weeks pass without change or the psoriasis worsens, contact your
dermatologist. The following shows approximately how long the
different types of therapies take to work:
2 to 3
Medication applied to the skin
days to a few weeks
It is important to keep in mind that there is not
a single treatment that works for everyone. What helps one
person may not be effective for another. Finding therapy that is
right for you can take time.
If a particular lesion seems resistant to
treatment and is one that you had hoped would clear, tell your
dermatologist. Some lesions are more resistant to therapy
than others. The dermatologist may be able to treat a stubborn
lesion with a potent topical medication that requires covering
it up for a few days, laser therapy, or an intralesional
Take time to relieve stress. Most people
living with psoriasis find that stress can cause their psoriasis
to flare. Some relieve stress through regular exercise, a
support group, or daily meditation. Doing something that
relieves your stress can increase the effectiveness of your
Try to take good care of yourself.
Psoriasis can take a toll on the skin and emotional well-being.
This can lead to overeating, smoking, drinking too much alcohol,
and not exercising. Taking steps to care for your overall health
usually improves response to treatment. Try to eat a balanced
diet, drink enough water especially on those hot days, and limit
Following these guidelines should help you see
clearer skin by summer. If not, be sure to talk with your
dermatologist. Your doctor should listen to your concerns, empathize
with you, and work with you to achieve your goal ó to see clearer
skin this summer.
How to Make Psoriasis Control More Effective this Summer
Self-care tips that can help you see clearer skin during the summer
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Newer Treatment Options
sprays and foams are easier to apply and absorb quickly,
so they do not leave a greasy residue.
Advances in phototherapy allow dermatologists to use
lasers and non-laser light sources to treat the stubborn
mild-to-moderate psoriasis plaque. This allows
dermatologists to treat only the psoriasis and spares
healthy skin. For people with more extensive psoriasis,
a home phototherapy device can be a welcomed
Biologics. The new
biologic medications may be an option for moderate or