By Aly Walansky
So, I’m sure you are all aware of the latest breaking news – Kim Kardashian has Psoriasis! Oh no!
It’s actually very, very common. NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Eric Schweiger of Schweiger Dermatology (http://www.schweigerdermatology.com/) has put together some tips on how to manage psoriasis that may be very helpful to Kim (if she’s reading) or any of you.
Psoriasis flares during times of increased stress – it’s important to manage stressors, especially if you have a history of psoriasis.
People with psoriasis can have flares triggered by infection (ex. you may flare during an upper respiratory infection or even scratches on the surface of the skin!).
Keep in mind the “Kobner Phenomenon” – psoriasis can develop in areas that didn’t previously have psoriasis when there is trauma to the skin (such as a scratch or even sunburn).
While sun exposure helps psoriasis, it is only recommended in small amounts as increased sun exposure also increases your chance of skin cancer.
Use moisturizer daily to help protect the barrier of the skin. Your dermatologist can prescribe topical medications (cortisone creams) that are easy to apply and can help the psoriasis flare resolve quickly. In severe cases of psoriasis, there are injectable medications (called “biologics”) and lasers that help to prevent and treat flares.