Heather Durocher

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Heather wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Psoriasis.

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10 Tips for Those Newly Diagnosed with Psoriasis

Diagnosed with psoriasis? Here are ten tips for you.

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Summer Psoriasis Smarts: How to Avoid Flares

Some of us with psoriasis fare better in sunnier weather while others (like me) may experience more spots. Either way, being mindful of your sun exposure is always smart - not only do we want to feel good about our bodies now that we’re wearing short...

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Psoriasis Management: What Your Dermatologist Wishes You Knew

The relationship you have with your dermatologist is a pretty important one when you’ve got a chronic disease like psoriasis. While you may go months without seeing your doctor, a flare or other change in your health could mean more frequent visits t...

Scalp Psoriasis: How to Treat this Tricky Area

Scalp Psoriasis Is Tricky

Don't let flaky scalp psoriasis consume your life. Here's how I reduce flakes and keep scalp psoriasis to a minimum.

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Psoriasis Triggers

There’s no clear-cut answer to why exactly a person has psoriasis, but it is known that both the immune system and genetics are significant factors. When I received my plaque psoriasis diagnosis at age 14, I remember asking my parents if they knew an...

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Psoriasis and Associated Health Risks

If your dermatologist is asking more questions about your overall health, and not just about your skin, consider yourself fortunate to have an especially informed doctor. I’m thankful to have found my dermatologist, who understands that psoriasis oft...

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Choosing the Best Treatment for Your Psoriasis

While there’s no one-treatment-fits-all approach when it comes to psoriasis, the good news is that numerous options are available to help manage this autoimmune disease. My last post was about the five kinds of psoriasis - plaque, guttate, inverse, p...

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Different Kinds of Psoriasis

The most common form of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis - about 80 percent of us who have the disease experience this kind - and typically you only have one type at a time. But psoriasis can appear in a number of forms; I’ve personally had two kinds: p...

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Pregnancy & Psoriasis: Your Treatment Before, During & After Having a Baby

At the times I became pregnant with my three children, my psoriasis wasn’t at its worst. I had spots here and there, though it definitely wasn’t widespread (that would come later). Looking back, I realize how fortunate I was to have mild psoriasis at ...

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Joint Pain? How to Know if You have Psoriatic Arthritis

As many as 30 percent of people with psoriasis actually have psoriatic arthritis, a form of inflammatory arthritis. How do you know, though, if the aches and pains you’re experiencing are of the normal, everyday variety or are something more serious? ...