Effective treatment for psoriasis is available in Hamilton, Ontario
As a leading dermatology practice in the Hamilton, Ontario area, we see many patients who are dealing with skin conditions such as psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic, auto-immune condition that can be difficult to manage. A wide variety of sources can trigger psoriasis flare-ups, causing dry, itchy, scaly patches of skin. Often, the discomfort associated with the itch is far more difficult for patients to cope with than the physical aspects of the disease.
If you are suffering with psoriasis, the best thing you can do is visit an experienced team like the one at drs skincare. We have years of experience diagnosing psoriasis and helping patients manage the condition. With proper diagnosis and treatment, we can drastically minimize flare-ups.
The first step in the effective treatment of psoriasis is to accurately identify the cause of flare-ups. Controlling flare-ups varies, based on the severity of the condition and the triggers.
Some of the most common triggers include:
- Cold, dry weather
- Certain medical conditions
- Infection (commonly strep throat, earache, bronchitis, or other respiratory infections)
- Chronic diseases
- Skin trauma (scratches, sunburns, vaccinations)
The first form of treatment is avoidance of triggers. This can include changing a medication, quitting smoking, and trying different methods for reducing stress. Keeping skin hydrated and moisturized during cold, dry weather can help minimize flare-ups.
The next step would be the use of oral topical creams, ointments or sprays. Oral medications are often the next step. Examples of some these medications include the following: methotrexate, otezla and soriatane. Light therapy is often used as well for patients who have extensive psoriasis where ultraviolet light helps slow the growth of affected cells. For severe cases, injection medication may be recommended. At present, injection therapies include Enbrel, Humira,Stelara, Cosentyx and Taltz and have been shown to provide excellent control of psoriasis and in many cases, psoriatic arthritis a condition that causes painful, swollen joints.
To seek relief from the discomfort of psoriasis, contact the team at drs skincare in Hamilton, Ontario. Together, we can help reduce flare-ups and improve your quality of life. Call (905) 524-1712.
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