After being diagnosed with psoriasis, you will work closely with a medical dermatologist to develop an effective psoriasis treatment plan. Psoriasis outbreaks have many possible triggers, and once you understand your triggers, you and your dermatologist can reduce flare-ups. Here are some important facts that you should know about psoriasis once you have been diagnosed by a dermatologist.
Determining Which Type of Psoriasis You Have
There are 7 types of psoriasis, and your medical dermatologist will perform a variety of tests to determine which type you have. Your psoriasis treatment depends upon the type of psoriasis that you have. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis, and symptoms include raised, red, scaly skin. Outbreaks typically occur on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. The other types of psoriasis are guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, nail psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis.
Recognizing Common Psoriasis Triggers
You can reduce the occurrence of your psoriasis outbreaks, and choose the most effective psoriasis treatment, by identifying your triggers. One of the most common triggers is stress, which can stimulate the body's production of chemicals that cause inflammation. Weather changes, skin injuries, infections, and consuming alcohol or smoking cigarettes can also trigger an outbreak. Medications that can trigger outbreaks include those used to treat high blood pressure and bipolar disorder, as well as over the counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen.
Choosing a Psoriasis Treatment
Psoriasis cannot be cured, but the right combination of psoriasis treatments can reduce outbreaks and symptoms. Your dermatologist may recommend a combination of treatments, including topical psoriasis treatments, phototherapy, systemic treatments, and biologic medications. If your psoriasis does not affect your life severely, you and your dermatologist may determine that regular psoriasis treatments are not necessary.
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