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Ways to Treat Psoriasis Flare-Ups

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If you have been diagnosed with psoriasis, you’ve likely experienced a much-dreaded flare. Psoriasis flares can occur when you least expect it and can really put a damper on your confidence, and your plans.

Let’s chat about ways to treat psoriasis flare-ups!

1. See a dermatologist 

If you think you may have psoriasis, it’s always a good idea to see a dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis. Psoriasis often presents as pink, scaly plaques on the elbows and knees, but can affect other areas of the body as well! Your dermatologist can help you pick the treatment option that is best for your personal needs.

2. Apply a topical steroid

If you are under the care of a dermatologist for your psoriasis, chances are you have been prescribed a topical steroid cream or ointment at one point or another. Topical steroids are typically a good option to help calm down a psoriasis flare-up. Most of them can be applied twice a day for up to 2 weeks at a time, but be sure to check the instructions to make sure it is safe to apply to the area you’re treating. When in doubt, give us a call!

3. Light

Your dermatologist may prescribe light therapy as a treatment for your psoriasis. Certain types of UV rays can help calm down psoriasis flares. Be sure to consult with your dermatologist for more info!

If your psoriasis flare-up is just not budging, don’t be afraid to make an appointment with us. Thankfully, there are several options for treatment for psoriasis so they can likely find a regimen that works for you!

Think you may be having a psoriasis flare? Give us a call today or book an appointment online! We look forward to helping you navigate your concerns or skin issues. 

Author: Sarah Fender, PA-C

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