Take good care of yourself
If you suffer with psoriasis, it is important that you find a skilled and qualified dermatologist for treatment. However, you must also understand that you yourself will play a huge role in managing your condition. In order to give your body the best chance for proper healing, you need to eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, not smoking, and moderate consumption of alcohol. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) warns psoriasis patients that smoking, drinking, and being overweight can make psoriasis worse. Compromised health can also make treatment less effective. Beyond the emphasis on health and treatment, psoriasis patients also face an increased risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases.
Regular exercise and joint health
No one is suggesting that you become a workout fanatic, but regular exercise will help you to maintain healthy muscles and joints. Joint health is a marker. If you regularly experience joint pain and stiffness when you wake up, you should schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. Stiff or sore joints can be an indication of psoriatic arthritis. A significant number of psoriasis patients contract this form of arthritis. If you develop problem with your fingernails and toe nails, this can also be a sign of psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis and a healthy diet
Dermatologists understand that there is a definitive link between nutrition and psoriasis. Despite some claims, there is no such thing as a psoriasis diet. However, people with psoriasis should try to eat a balanced and healthy diet in order to give themselves the best chance for healing. Eating healthy and appropriate weight management are well-intentioned goals for those who are dealing with psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease for which there is no cure, but proper treatment can reduce its symptoms and makes you feel better. A small percentage of patients may see their skin clear up, while even patients who still have affected skin, report a noticeable improvement in their quality of life. Ongoing research continues to provide breakthroughs and successful treatments for psoriasis. Although there are many over the counter treatments available, it is best to work with a dermatologist to find the treatment(s) that works best for you and your lifestyle.
Compassionate and innovative treatment for psoriasis
The severity of a skin condition such as psoriasis can depend upon many factors. If you are finding it difficult to live with your condition, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your psoriasis or any other skin condition.