Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that can affect your whole body.
The important thing to remember is that a dermatologist can offer treatment options that may help your psoriasis.
The risks are real
Why is treatment important?
Trying to manage psoriasis each day can be a challenge.
For many people, trying to find a suitable treatment can be just as challenging. However, the risks of not managing your psoriasis could lead to worsening of symptoms and other health-related issues.
What you don’t see can hurt you
It’s not just a skin condition
As an autoimmune disease, psoriasis can affect your whole body. The visible plaques you see on your body are just one of the many symptoms of the disease. There’s much more going on underneath your skin that contributes to the condition.
It’s a balancing act
It’s a balancing act
The trouble starts with an imbalance inside your body. This is linked to an overproduction of inflammatory substances, which may contribute to the production of extra skin cells. These excess skin cells start piling up on one another, and this is what creates the red, scaly plaques you see on your skin.
Psoriasis may be linked to other health-related conditions, known as comorbidities. These can include:
Psoriatic arthritis or joint pain
Is there a dermatologist in the house?
Many people find it helpful to work with a dermatologist, a doctor who often treats psoriasis. Dermatologists are specialists who understand the pros and cons of the different kinds of treatments.
Treating your psoriasis is about much more than just treating your skin. Getting your psoriasis under control can help reduce your risks of developing other health-related complications. That’s why it’s so important to work closely with a dermatologist to find a treatment plan that works well for you.
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