Caring For Psoriasis

Caring For Psoriasis

How your dermatologists in Morristown, Liberty Corner, Bridgewater and Mt. Arlington psoriasiscan help

Psoriasis is caused by your genetics, and it is an autoimmune disease that can cause red, scaly areas on your scalp, knees or elbows. There are triggers which can cause accelerated growth in your body’s skin cells. This rapid growth causes the patches on your skin. Thankfully, there is relief from psoriasis. Your dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA in Morristown, Liberty Corner, Bridgewater and Mt. Arlington, NJ want to help you discover relief from your psoriasis symptoms.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, factors that can trigger psoriasis include:

  • Stress
  • Infections, especially strep throat
  • A skin injury, scratches or sunburns
  • Certain medications

In addition to avoiding psoriasis triggers, there are some other things you can do to get relief from psoriasis symptoms. Remember to:

  • Take baths in lukewarm water with Epsom salts
  • Use oil-based or ointment-based moisturizer several times each day

Psoriasis falls into several different types depending on the percent of your body affected, each of which is treated differently:

  • Mild psoriasis affects less than 3% of your body. Treatments include prescription bath solutions, moisturizing creams, topical steroid medications and other treatments which slow the growth of skin cells. Your dermatologists may also suggest light or laser therapy to reduce or eliminate psoriasis patches.
  • Moderate psoriasis affects between 3% and 10% of your body; severe psoriasis affects over 10% of your body. For moderate to severe psoriasis, your dermatologists may suggest:
    • Light therapy with UVB rays to reduce or eliminate psoriasis patches
    • Biologic drugs to suppress the immune system in severe psoriasis cases

Don’t let psoriasis take control of your life. To find out more about caring for psoriasis, call your dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA with offices in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ. Call today and get some relief from your psoriasis symptoms!

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