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Feel comfortable in your own skin: A guide to psoriasis relief
Aticle Banner Mild to moderate psoriasis may be improved with topical medications that reduce inflammation and scaling, relieve itching, and slow cell growth. Washington Dermatology Center’s skilled clinical team use their experience and knowledge to customize a treatment plan that works, while minimizing the risks of side effects such as skin color changes.

If you have moderate to severe psoriasis, several biologics are approved for treatment. These drugs alter the immune system, are usually injectable, and may be an option should other therapies fail (or for those with psoriatic arthritis).

Some drugs may be combined. Also, products can lose effectiveness over time. Likewise, those that haven’t worked in the past can become effective as time passes. You may cycle through different options.

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Dr. Prussick is pleased to announce Lisa, his daughter, was accepted into a highly competitive Dermatology residency at Tufts University this week. Hopefully one day she will join us!
Prevent skin cancer by protecting skin from the sun
We are getting to the end of spring and the beginning of summer, which means we would be seeing a lot more sunshine. It’s nice to be out and about when the sun is high in the sky, but we have to be extra careful with our sun protection measures.

With the glorious rays of the sun come harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are the primary risk factor for skin cancer. While you need to be careful when going outside, that doesn’t mean it’s better to be holed up inside your house or office as this kind of weather is to be enjoyed. It’s a time for physical activity and enjoying yourself with family and friends.

Some people believe sun protection measures are needed only if they go to the beach, pool or lake. This is not so; it’s a must on a daily basis as sun exposure happens every moment you stay in the sun and tends to accumulate over the long term. While you can still find some shade in the shape of an umbrella while being outside, you can also cover yourself with clothing, put on a hat and sunglasses and most importantly, wear a good sunscreen, which is the best method of skin protection.

A broad spectrum sunscreen that fully protects against UVB (the burning rays) should have an SPF at least 30 and also Zinc oxide to protect against UVA (the aging rays). These protect you not only from skin cancer but also from premature aging of the skin. Proper application is also important to ensure better protection.
 
 


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Psoriasis, no cure but successful management possible
Psoriasis is a common dermatological problem which results in scaly and itchy skin with red patches, and is sometimes painful. Psoriasis is caused from an overactive immune system resulting in the rapid growth of the surface skin cell.

It’s a chronic condition which keeps recurring as there is no cure. The condition can be managed, however, with treatment to stop the skin cells from multiplying fast. Lifestyle changes, such as moisturizing the skin, quitting smoking and managing stress, may also contribute to psoriasis management.

Psoriasis causes different signs and symptoms in different people, some of which are:
  • Red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales (These patches can range from a few small spots of dandruff-like scales to major patches which cover large areas.)
  • Small scaling spots (commonly occurring in children)
  • Itching, burning or sore skin
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Swollen and stiff joints
  • Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
If you feel that the condition you are suffering from is psoriasis, you may need to consult a dermatologist for a discussion and skin examination. You may also need to see your doctor if your condition:
  • Causes pain and discomfort
  • Makes you feel concerned and uncomfortable about the appearance of your skin
  • Causes joint problems, such as pain, swelling or difficulty when performing daily tasks
  • Your signs and symptoms don't improve, or worsen with treatment. You may need different medication or a combination of treatments to tackle the problem.
 
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