How to treat psoriasis effectively By Franziska Ringpfeil Board Certified Dermatologist
Let's say you or one of your loved ones havejust been diagnosed with psoriasis. It can feel overwhelming. Perhaps you never heardabout it, perhaps you have heard the word but could not imagine what it means or perhapsyou know a bit about it and think of horrific scaling over the entire body. For centuries, psoriasis was believed to reachonly skin deep. Recent advancesscience has shed light on this condition that affectsour entire body and it has also enabled many more targeted treatments. I will provide you with crucial informationthat allows you to take charge of your body
and I will point out the state of currenttreatments. Psoriasis affects the skin and joints butis actually linked to a greater scheme, the metabolic synome. In simple terms, the metabolicsynome is a constellation of markers that make you more susceptible to developing heartdisease and diabetes. These markers are central obesity, high blood pressure, elevated fastingsugar levels, high triglycerides, and low levels of HDL, the quot;goodquot; cholesterol. Itis estimated that about 25% percent of the adult populationthis country has metabolicsynome. Obesity has been shown to be an independentrisk factor for developing psoriasis, and
specifically more wide spread psoriasis. Themost important trigger for psoriasis, however, is stress. It is currently thought that inflammatorymediators bring about the changes on the skin resultingthe characteristic rash. Thesesame inflammatory mediators can cause havoc on the inside of our body, especially whenyou have risk factors for cardiovascular disease. By reducing these risk factors, you will notonly influence the downward sequelae of psoriasis but you may also reduce the triggers. Sure, everyone talks about the importanceof a healthy life style and many of us have
become immune to this sentence. Butthiscase you really should take it to heart. Start with a healthy well balanced diet thathas very little animal protein and fat but lots of different fruit, vegetables, pulsesand grains. This will regulate your weight, will reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levelsand it will reduce inflammation that occursresponse to animal protein and the hormonesthe livestock was fed. Avoid added saltyour diet. This will take burden of heartby reducing blood pressure. If you struggle with being overweight, yourfamily may recommend that you work with a dietician. Meaningful weight loss iscrucial and crash diets must be avoided.
Next, think about daily exercise and implementit. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise should fitour schedule no matter how busy weare. You may be walking vigorously during your lunch break or perform your favoriteworkoutthe gym. Practice stress control. Stress is the mostimportant trigger for psoriasis and while not all stressors can be avoided, we can learnhow to deal with stress without letting it overwhelm us. Many times, regular exercisecan provide the time to process our stressa constructive manner. Some of us willdo better by learning stress controlling techniques such as meditation or Yoga.
See your family regularly. Have yourblood lipids, namely triglycerides and cholesterol, blood sugar levels as well blood pressurechecked yearly during a physical to ch any changes early. Sometimes, it will be necessaryto take mediion to keep these low. Avoid smoking at all cost because nicotinetightens the blood vessels, thereby raising blood pressure and making your heart workharder. ink alcoholmoderation. While you are optimizing your lifestyle, youcan start treatment for the psoriasis spots that your skin has already formed. Excimer laser treatment is considered oneof the most effective and safest treatment
How To Treat Psoriasis with Waters Edge Dermatology
A lot of people just assume that it's just arash. They're given a topical therapy by a primary care physician. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease that affects not only the skin, but also the joints. There's multiple genes involved, which could lead to multiple different manifestations. Including just a traditional rash all the way to completely red and having a tremendous amount of joint involvement. People think that when they have psoriasis, is it something that they did or something that was done wrong or something that has done incorrectly, which is completely false. It's a genetic disease, there's nothing theycan do about it. So if you have a rash,
it really behooves me to ask if anybodythe family has had this. We're learning more and more that patients with with at least moderate to severe psoriasis can be at risk, not only for arthritis, but also for cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes and even obesity. There are so many resources out there for psoriatic patients, places like the National Psoriasis Foundation and some local centers, andeven including the dermatology societies. Diagnosis is usually done ally. ally means by observation of a practitioner, usually a dermatologist. It has a telltale type of characteristic rash and there are certain questions and certain loions where the rash likes to exist,
and that's what helps pinpoint the diagnosis. For mild patients, mainly topical simplecortisons really do a great job and just simple skincare regimens that we would go over. When you start getting to moderate andeven severe, you may want to use systemic therapies. Systemic therapies could be anything from pills to injections, usually selfinjections. We've had tremendous amounts of success, completely changing some of my patients and their lives.