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 avYour ailable 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, Dermatologist at NorthShore, highlights some common psoriasis symptom triggers:
How do you cope with symptoms of psoriasis? What triggers your symptoms?
Does it ever feel like you just can’t put on enough lotion during the winter months to keep your skin from being dry? With the
cold temperatures and icy walkways, winter can be tough on your body. And, it can be just as hard on your skin.
Dry, sometimes even itchy and flaky skin is a common condition for many when temperatures begin to drop. While the cooler outdoor temperatures may be one of the leading causes for dry skin, there are a handful of ways you can help keep your skin soft and well
Stephanie Mehlis, MD, Dermatologist, provides the following tips for reducing dry skin:
What skin products do you swear by to heal dry skin?