What are common psoriasis symptoms?
Psoriasis symptoms are different for everyone and vary depending upon the type of psoriasis. The most common psoriasis symptoms include patches of red skin covered with thick white to silver scales. These patches can range from just a few spots to major outbreaks covering a large area of the body. This very visual psoriasis symptom can be more than just uncomfortable; it can also lead to embarrassment and emotional stress. Red skin that is sore, dry, cracked, prone to bleeding, itching, or burning is also a common psoriasis symptom. A majority of psoriasis symptoms occur in cycles that can flare up for weeks, even months, then pass for a period of time before reappearing.
Finding relief from the itchy, dry, burning skin caused by psoriasis symptoms
Keeping the skin well hydrated will help to reduce redness and itching and helps the skin to heal. Skin MD Natural is designed to retain skins own natural moisture and protect against environmental irritants that cause psoriasis symptoms to flare up. Other lotions can just coat the skin in a greasy mess in attempts to hide dry skin symptoms instead of healing and protecting against dry skin. Some lotions even contain harmful ingredients that can be toxic and drying to skin.
"Beware!" warns board certified dermatologist Dr. Lisa Benest, "Many traditional moisturizers restore the moisture to the skin on a temporary basis, but after continued use actually send a message back to the skin saying it doesn't need any further moisture to be produced by the skin and we can end up with the opposite condition where the skin is less hydrated than prior to using the moisturizers. It is also important to decrease the amount of water that evaporates from the skin referred to as trans-epidermal water loss. Skin MD Shielding Lotion not only reduced the amount of trans-epidermal water loss, but over time increased the skin's ability to moisturize itself."
When should you see a doctor about psoriasis symptoms?
A doctor or dermatologist is needed to properly diagnose psoriasis. The diagnosis is made by examining an area of affected skin. Occasionally this will include the removal of a small piece of effected skin to be examined. If you have already been diagnosed and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, you should consult a health care professional about your psoriasis symptoms:
- If your psoriasis is making it difficult to perform the tasks you enjoy such as cooking, gardening, outdoor activities, or crafting.
- When psoriasis symptoms persist causing skin to become uncomfortable and painful.
- When symptoms worsen or do not improve with over-the-counter or prescription treatments.
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