Click here for Important Information Regarding Covid-19 and Our Clinic

Living With Psoriasis (And What to Do About It)

Known for causing patchy, red, itchy, and scaly skin, psoriasis can be a challenge to live with. Constant scratching, embarrassing patches of scales, and facing the stares and quizzical looks from friends and strangers alike can take a toll on you.

Throughout the United States, there are about 7.5 million people who suffer from psoriasis. Those who live in and around Lake Worth, Texas, find relief here at Lakeview Dermatology. Dr. Matthew Mittelbronn expertly treats mild, moderate, and severe cases of psoriasis and helps you understand your condition so you can treat minor flare-ups at home. 

The facts about psoriasis 

The more you know about psoriasis, the better you can control it and the easier it is to live with. 

The first thing you should know is that psoriasis isn’t contagious. So you can go outside, socialize, and hug your loved ones without worrying about spreading your condition. It may take some time and a few conversations, but it’s important to educate those you work and live with so they don’t avoid you out of fear or ignorance.

The next thing you should know is that psoriasis comes in several different types, and they all look and act a little differently. Some affect your skin, others your nails, palms, soles, scalp, or even your joints. They can cause rough red patches, shiny scales, or bumpy pustules. So if you think you know psoriasis, you might not know its many forms.

Finally, it’s important to take psoriasis seriously. Having psoriasis puts you into a high-risk category for several other health conditions, including diabetes,high blood pressure, and heart disease, depression, among others. If you have psoriasis, your risk for developing psoriatic arthritis in your joints is about 30% higher than the general population. 

Now that you know the facts, here are some tips for managing your psoriasis symptoms so you can live your life on your own terms.

Living with psoriasis

Mild cases of psoriasis and occasional flare-ups can be effectively controlled by some simple steps you can take every day:

Not only will these help calm a psoriasis flare-up, they may prevent them as well. 

If you find yourself with a more severe case that won’t respond to these conservative methods, make sure to come see Dr. Mittelbronn right away. He can prescribe a variety of treatments, from topical medications, to oral or biologic medications that work from the inside out to regulate your immune system, which is generally the cause of your overactive skin cell production.

Psoriasis help is available

If psoriasis is running your life and limiting your activity, don’t despair. There’s hope for life with psoriasis, and we can develop a treatment plan customized to your unique set of symptoms. 

To find out how we can help relieve your psoriasis, contact us for an appointment. Our facility is safe, sterile, and COVID-19 compliant.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Why Wintertime Sun Protection Matters

It’s easy to remember sunscreen during the hot Texas summer, but when winter hits, you may be tempted to let your guard down. Here’s why you should continue to remain diligent as the temperature drops.

How Do I Know If I Have Rosacea?

A compliment, an embarrassing moment, a heated confrontation — lots of feelings can bring color to your face. But when it sticks around even after the emotion is gone, you may have rosacea. Here are the signs.

Common Skin Problems That Respond Well to Chemical Peels

Many bothersome skin issues reside in the top layers of your skin, so removing these layers can mean removing the problems. And that’s exactly what chemical peels do. Find out if your most concerning skin issues are on the chemical peel hit list.

Am I at Risk for Hair Loss?

Is it possible to predict hair loss? Can you prevent it? Wondering whether you’ll eventually lose your crowning glory can be frustrating. But it helps to know your risk factors so you can get a head start on treatments.

I'm Embarrassed About My Warts

Whether you have scars, acne, wrinkles, or dark spots, any blemish can make you feel self-conscious. Warts are another problem that can be especially embarrassing. Here’s what you need to know about these bumpy eyesores.

Is That Mole Cause for Concern?

As with other types of cancer, the sooner you detect melanoma, the better your chances of survival. Regular self-examinations can help you catch skin cancer early.