Treating Psoriasis When The Weather Gets Colder
Published on January 7, 2016 by David Kriegel
As the colder weather nears, many folks throughout New York will notice a worsening of their skin conditions. Those who deal with psoriasis often notice a quite substantial worsening of their symptoms.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an inherited condition which can affect the skin, joints, and potentially other organ systems. Although psoriasis has historically been viewed as a relatively benign condition, experts are now learning that psoriasis needs to be evaluated with a more critical eye.
Psoriasis usually produces thickened, itchy and scaly plaques, as a result of an inappropriate activation of the immune system. People with psoriasis often suffer a tendency toward excessive inflammation. Generally, inflammation in the skin is clearly visible, but inflammation that occurs internally may be unnoticed.
Researchers have recently discovered a link between psoriasis and increased risk of heart disease. Although this doesn’t mean that psoriasis causes heart disease, it does make medical experts question this potential link.
Treating your psoriasis means treating your overall health
Psoriasis treatment is a vital component of ensuring your overall health. That’s why at Westchester Center for Dermatology we employ only the most advanced and effective methods to treating psoriasis in patients of all ages and backgrounds. One of the most effective treatments we offer in both NYC and Scarsdale is Photodynamic Blue Light Therapy.
PDT, which we also use to treat acne, is a special light-sensitive medication applied to the skin affected by psoriasis. A specialized light is shined on the skin and the cells that have absorbed the medication react.
While PDT is extremely effective, it’s not the only option we offer to treat psoriasis. That’s why we encourage our patients to come in for a thorough consultation. During this consultation we’ll discuss all of your options and learn about your expectations.
Regardless of which method we agree is best for your treatment, you can rest assured that the dermatologists at Westchester Center for Dermatology have the passion, expertise, and technology to help you gain back a higher quality of life. Contact us today to learn more.