If you have been diagnosed with psoriasis your doctor may have told you that this is a chronic life- long skin condition for which there is no cure. This news can be emotionally devastating and you may wonder how you will cope with your disease in the day to day. While Psoriasis can be a difficult medical condition to deal with, it is possible to live well despite your skin condition. My Skin Care Connection gives you the following tips and suggestions to help you along your journey to wellness.
1. It is a good preventative measure to find out which triggers may cause you to have a flare up of psoriasis. Some common triggers include: Stress, injury or trauma to the skin as in sunburns or scratches, smoking, alcohol, cold weather, and bacterial and viral infections. Everyone is unique, however, and it may take writing down the conditions your psoriasis outbreaks occur for you to find a pattern.
2. You want to ask your doctor if any of the medications you are taking can cause an exacerbation of your psoriasis. Possible medication triggers are listed in our guide, “Ten Things You Need to Know About Psoriasis ”
3. Stress can be a major factor in making your psoriasis worse. If you suffer from anxiety there is much that you can do to alleviate your stress. Please visit Health Central’s Anxiety Connection for information and support for anxiety and related issues.
4. Coping with psoriasis can be emotionally challenging and some people can become depressed. Join us on My Depression Connection if you need support and/or resources to help you overcome feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
5. Support groups can be invaluable in learning how to cope with your psoriasis. It is always good to talk with others who can truly understand what you are going through. The National Psoriasis Foundation has a list of support groups for psoriasis patients that you may wish to check out.
6. Finding a doctor who specializes in psoriasis treatment can help you to live well with your skin condition in the long run. It is a good idea to ask your doctor how many psoriasis patients they treat to give you an indication as to their experience. The National Psoriasis Foundation has a directory of physicians you can access by plugging in your geographical area. The American Academy of Dermatology also has a physician directory of dermatologists in your area.
7. Discuss the latest treatment options for psoriasis with your doctor. One of the possible treatments today is the use of Ultraviolet Light Therapy . Another recent development in psoriasis treatment is that a new drug called Stelara which was reported by the National Institutes of Health as being more effective than Enbrel to improve severe cases of psoriasis.
8. The winter months can be especially bothersome for psoriasis patients. Increasing your moisturizing can help especially when you do it right out of the shower or bath. Please see our “Top Ten Winter Skin Tips ” for even more suggestions of how to treat dry winter skin.
9. There are some co-morbid diseases and conditions which may accompany psoriasis. If you have psoriasis you may be more at risk for medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. Ask your doctor what your particular risk factors are. Please visit My Diabetes Central and My Heart Central for more information.
10. One of the best ways to live well with psoriasis is to become educated about your disease. We have much information here about psoriasis including the following:
• My Skin Care Connection: Psoriasis Information
We always love to hear from our readers. If you suffer from psoriasis please do share your tips and suggestions of how you live with your skin condition on a daily basis. Sharing your experiences is an invaluable support to others who are going through the same thing.
Published On: March 13, 2010