Psoriasis, which can first show symptoms between the ages of 15 and 25, often has a severe impact on an individual’s
physical health as well as their confidence. A chronic condition, psoriasis occurs when new skin cells replace the old too quickly, creating areas of skin with thick, scaly red patches of various sizes. In some cases, the skin condition also creates swelling
and pain in the joints, called psoriatic arthritis. Approximately 7.5 million Americans or 2.2 percent of the population suffers from psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Fortunately, there are treatments available for psoriasis that can reduce the severity of the symptoms. For example, your dermatologist may prescribe medicated skin products, UV treatments, or other systemic medications to reduce symptom severity, although
it may take time to determine which course of treatment will yield the best results.
For most, symptoms often become worse following certain triggers. Therefore one of the best steps you can take in controlling your psoriasis is to identify and avoid those triggers that can cause flare-ups.
Stephanie Mehlis, MD, Dermatologist at NorthShore, highlights some common psoriasis symptom triggers:
How do you cope with symptoms of psoriasis? What triggers your symptoms?
When you plan to be out in the sun for an extended period of time (or even a short while), wearing some form of sun protection
is better than nothing. But, with all the options on the market today, how do you know which sunscreen is best for complete sun protection?
Reshma Haugen, MD, Dermatologist at NorthShore, talks about the different types of sunscreen and offers suggestions on which are better than others:
What type of sunscreen do you prefer to use? Do you use sunscreen every time you are outside in the sun?
As the summer approaches, many of us will spend more time outdoors enjoying the weather and the sunshine. While the sunshine can be good for you by improving your mood and giving you a boost in Vitamin D, without the proper protection it can also be harmful
to your skin and body.
Aaron Dworin, MD, Dermatologist at NorthShore, offers his advice on how to protect your skin and limit your risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma:
How often are you outside in the warmer months? What do you do to protect yourself from the sun?