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The goal is to not let psoriasis ruin your life, it’s to overcome it.
World Psoriasis Day is coming up! Although you may not feel like psoriasis is anything to celebrate, the strides you’ve made in your battle against it is. Dermabon is sending a special shoutout to all the Psoriasis Warriors out there, because we want to celebrate all your small victories and how far you’ve come. It is extremely important you keep taking care of yourself if you have psoriasis. As we all know, this skin condition affects about 7.5 million Americans. You’ve probably experienced these raised, red patches covered with white scales and know exactly how bad it can be. But you also must know that each action you’ve taken is a step towards feeling and living better. The goal is to not let psoriasis ruin your life, it’s to overcome it.
Not Treating Your Psoriasis Goes Beyond A Simple Skin Issue
Psoriasis can be painful and itchy, as well as embarrassing and uncomfortable. But it’s also got secondary effects you might not have considered, and can lead to depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and more. Psoriasis isn’t just on your skin. It’s a whole-body disease that can affect all aspects of your health—including how you feel about yourself and how you interact with others. When you’ve been living with psoriasis for years (or even decades), it’s easy for those effects to accumulate into something much deeper than just dry skin on your elbows or knees.
There are No Cures, but There Are Ways to Manage It
There’s no cure for psoriasis, but there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms and prevent it from getting worse. Treatments can also help you feel better about how your skin looks or feels. The first step is to identify your treatment options. There are many treatments available, and some are more effective than others. Sometimes, even when you take the proper precautions and follow your doctor’s instructions carefully, you might still experience side effects from your medication or other treatment decision. Don’t hesitate to talk about them with your doctor so they can be addressed as soon as possible!
Risks of Not Treating Psoriasis
Psoriasis is more than just some itchy skin. It can also carry the risk of other diseases. Psoriasis can cause inflammation in other areas of the body that may lead to other health problems if left untreated. For example, being overweight is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. So if someone has psoriasis, they are more likely to be overweight and experience those other risk factors. The less you treat your psoriasis, the more you have to worry about worsening effects, such as:
- Increased frequency and severity of flares
- Reduced quality of life
- Depression, anxiety, and suicide
Not treating psoriasis can lead to serious complications, including:
- Skin cancer
Some studies show that people with psoriasis are at higher risk for developing skin cancers than those without psoriasis. If you have a history of skin cancer, talk with your doctor about how to manage it.
- Depression and anxiety disorders
People who have psoriasis may be more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders than those without the condition. This could be because of the stress associated with the disease or because these symptoms are linked to inflammation in the body.
Some research suggests that people who have severe forms of arthritis along with their psoriasis may experience an improvement in their joint pain when they’re treated for their skin condition using systemic medications. Talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any joint pain due to your skin condition.
Never Underrate the Importance of Treatment
Treating your psoriasis is important for a number of reasons. It can help reduce the symptoms you’re experiencing, as well as prevent more serious problems. Treating your psoriasis can also help you feel better and live a more normal life. If you’re suffering from psoriasis, take the steps necessary to treat your condition. Your doctor can help you find a treatment that works best for you and will likely be able to tell you if there are any benefits to taking medication. While treating psoriasis isn’t a cure, it can reduce symptoms, prevent more serious problems (like anemia), and even help you feel better about yourself.
It’s important to have a treatment plan in place that you can follow consistently. However, it’s also good to be aware of the many natural remedies available for psoriasis. Some people might even find that these treatments are more effective than prescription medications.
Common treatments for psoriasis include:
Light therapy involves exposing affected areas of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light energy is absorbed by the melanin in the skin and converted into vitamin D3 which reduces inflammation associated with psoriasis. Light therapy may be used alone or combined with other therapies like topical treatments and oral medications.
You can apply Dermabon to any affected area, including the scalp. Learn more.
Topical treatments include creams, lotions, and ointments that contain ingredients such as salicylic acid or coal tar. These medications are applied directly to the skin to relieve symptoms of mild psoriasis. We recommend our product Dermabon, which is a natural handmade soap that does not require changes to your routine: simply use it during your daily shower as you would apply a regular soap, let it rest for a couple of minutes and then thoroughly rinse your psoriasis away. You can apply it to any affected area, including the scalp.
Oral medications are taken by mouth and work by suppressing the immune system’s inflammatory response that causes psoriasis symptoms such as redness, flaking, scaling, and itchiness on the skin surface known as plaques while also reducing new plaque formation throughout your body if used long-term without interruption.
Make Your Life Easier on a Daily Basis
To sum up: if you have psoriasis, don’t ignore it! It can affect more than just your skin—it could play a role in other diseases such as heart disease or diabetes too. Just because you have psoriasis doesn’t mean that your life is over or you can’t do anything—there are plenty of things we do on a daily basis that make our lives easier with psoriasis (like moisturizing soaps!). Your treatment options can make a big difference in your life. Treatment is also an important part of living with this condition because it allows people who have it to live normal lives.
We’re continually building a community around fighting psoriasis and getting to a much better point in your relationship with yourself. This community started small, but already we have a growing Instagram and Facebook presence. So today, we want all you Psoriasis Warriors to share the love with friends and family who have supported you. And most of all, make some time to show appreciation for yourself and how far you’ve come!