Posts for tag: Psoriasis

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
September 05, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Psoriasis  

Find out how to get your psoriasis symptoms under control.

Here at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington and Willowbrook, Illinois, our dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. psoriasisToula Berti want you to be able to make informed decisions about your health so you feel proactive and in better control of your psoriasis.

About Psoriasis
It’s important to understand this condition before you understand how to treat it. This is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the skin, causing raised, scaly red patches to develop on the body. This condition is not contagious. If you think that you may have psoriasis, then a complete evaluation with probable biopsy of a skin lesion to confirm the diagnosis would be a beneficial first step towards achieving clear skin.

There are different types of psoriasis and some people with this disease also develop psoriatic arthritis, which can cause severe pain and damage to joints that can affect mobility. It’s important to see your South Barrington and Willowbrook skin doctor right away if you notice any symptoms of psoriasis.

Managing Your Psoriasis
Here’s what you can do to help manage your condition:

  • Take care of your skin and prevent injuries such as burns and cuts
  • Pay attention to your joints and how they feel. See our dermatologists if you experience stiff or sore joints, particularly upon waking
  • Do not scratch itchy plaques, as this will only make flare-ups worse
  • Figure out your triggers (e.g. stress; alcohol; cold weather) and avoid them
  • Initiate an anti-inflammatory diet, such as the paleo diet
  • Follow any medication and treatment plan prescribed by your doctor

Our dermatologists will create a customized treatment plan based on the symptoms you are having, as well as the type and severity of your condition. Common treatment options for psoriasis include:

Topical medications: Various topical steroids are used frequently for mild psoriasis, usually these are prescription strength. There are also other topical medication formulations that help prevent psoriasis from flaring. Your doctor will best help you decide which medicine would work best for you.

Biologic therapy: For moderate to severe psoriasis, there have been advancements in treatment, including 11 biologic medications to help control psoriasis. These medications target a specific part of your immune system. The drugs block certain cells or proteins that play a role in psoriasis. They keep them from going into overdrive. While that helps with inflammation and other issues, it also lowers your body’s defenses. These specific medications may also treat psoriatic arthritis or protect the joints of someone with psoriasis. 

Light therapy (or phototherapy): Some exposure to light (UVA and/or UVB) can be beneficial for plaques. Of course, you don’t want to spend too much time in the sun, as this can cause sunburns. Light therapy may be a great treatment option for children with psoriasis as well as those dealing with symptoms that appear in certain areas such as the scalp, groin or knees.

Here at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington and Willowbrook, Illinois, we want our patients to be able to treat any skin problem that comes their way. If you or a loved one is dealing with psoriasis and hasn’t found the right treatment plan to provide relief, then call our office today. Call (630) 321-0303 for the Willowbrook office and (847) 304-0303 for our South Barrington location.