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Eight Types of Psoriasis

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August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, an annual, nationwide campaign designed to spread the word about the skin condition that hits Americans with upward of 150,000 new cases each year. Affecting both men and women, psoriasis typically emerges during a person’s 20s or 50s and manifests in eight types.

  1. Plaque psoriasis: The most common type of psoriasis, accounting for up to 80 percent of cases according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It causes itchy, painful red skin lesions and silver scales that can occur anywhere on the body, including inside the mouth and on the genitals.
  2. Scalp psoriasis: Symptoms include dry, itchy, often flaky scalp that can cause flakes. While it’s tempting to scratch affected areas, this can cause bleeding.
  3. Nail psoriasis: Psoriasis of the fingernails and toenails can cause your nails to weaken, crumble and appear pitted and discolored. In severe cases, nails may even separate from your nail bed – a condition called onycholysis.
  4. Psoriatic arthritis: This advanced type of psoriasis is marked by joint stiffness and swelling and effects up to 50 percent of those with the condition.
  5. Guttate psoriasis: Often triggered by a bacterial infection, this type of psoriasis generally affects children and young adults and is marked by fine-scaled skin sores appearing on the scalp, torso, arms and legs.
  6. Inverse psoriasis: Brought on by fungal infections and exacerbated by perspiration, this type of psoriasis causes patches of red, irritated skin in in the armpits, under breasts, or around the genitals and groin. It’s most common in obese patients.
  7. Pustular psoriasis: This rare type of psoriasis comes on quickly, initially manifesting with red, tender, inflamed skin that gives way to puss-filled blisters within hours and can cause fever, chills, diarrhea and even kidney and liver problems. Flare-ups can be triggered by infection, irritation and certain medications, and treatment may require hospitalization.
  8. Erythrodermic psoriasis: Uncommon but severe, this type of psoriasis can affect the entire body. Symptoms include red, peeling, itchy and burning skin. Triggers include certain medications (particularly corticosteroids), phototherapy treatment, sunburn and psoriasis that has spread out of control.

If you suspect a case of psoriasis, schedule a consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island.

Three Ways Alcohol Busts Your Beauty Game

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The holidays are upon us and undoubtedly, you’re looking forward to Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s festivities. And, it’s likely that you’ll enjoy a celebratory cocktail or two during the holiday party season. But before you imbibe, it’s important that you know just how that extra glass of wine may affect your skin and hair – just when you want to look your best.

Here are three ways that alcohol can bust your beauty game:

  1. Alcohol accelerates aging: Drinking alcohol can jump start the aging process by sapping your skin of essential moisture, causing wrinkles. It also robs your body of vitamin A, an antioxidant that aids in cell renewal and turnover. A lack of vitamin A can leave your skin with a pale or grayish pallor.
  2. Alcohol exacerbates existing skin issues: If you have rosacea or psoriasis, know that consuming alcohol can trigger outbreaks. In fact, a full 52 percent of 1,066 patients surveyed by the National Rosacea Society cited drinking alcohol as the top trigger for a bout of the condition. But you need not have rosacea to suffer a potentially permanent redness of the skin. Alcohol temporarily increases blood flow and dilates the tiny blood vessels nearest the outer layer of your skin. This can cause those vessels to burst, leaving an enduring redness.
  3. Alcohol can wreck your tresses: Alcohol dehydrates not only your skin, but your hair, too. Resulting dry tresses are weak, brittle and more susceptible to split ends. Plus, excessive alcohol use can trigger a zinc deficiency in the body. This mineral promotes cell reproduction, tissue growth and repair and helps maintain the oil-secreting glands attached to our hair follicles. A lack of it can lead to hair loss.

To protect your skin, hair and overall health, limit your alcohol consumption, drink plenty of water and adopt a nutritious diet. Regular facial treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion will help keep your skin glowing. And if you’re experiencing unexplained hair loss, know that treatment is available. Visit your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island for a consultation.

Eight Great Tips to Avoid Psoriasis Flareups

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Anyone with psoriasis knows that a flareup can be miserable. This chronic disease of the immune system comes with a host of symptoms that can range from mild itching to painful soreness to severe manifestations like fingernails that become separated from the nail bed.

The bad news is that psoriasis can’t be cured. The good news? You can effectively manage your psoriasis with regular visits to a skincare specialist and development of a few healthy habits. Metropolitan Dermatology offers these eight great tips to help you avoid psoriasis flareups.

  1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: But know that not all moisturizers are created equal. Those with thicker, creamier formulas work best for controlling psoriasis because they’re better at trapping moisture beneath the skin.
  2. Be easy on our skin, scalp and nails: Don’t give into to the temptation to pick at patches or scales. Avoid cuts to the skin or cuticles when trimming your fingernails and pamper your skin and scalp regularly with soothing solutions. Protect yourself from insect bites and avoid acupuncture and tattoos.
  3. Avoid cold, dry weather: Frigid temperatures and dry conditions can make psoriasis worse. Stay inside where it’s warm and balmy.
  4. Humidify: Speaking of balmy interiors, use a humidifier to help keep your skin moist during the driest of weather conditions.
  5. Mind your medications: Certain medications like those used to treat heart conditions and psychiatric disorders can prompt flareups. Always let your prescribing doctor know about your psoriasis and ask about ingredients in over-the-counter medications.
  6. Be sun smart: Sunburn not only triggers psoriasis flareups, but also can cause skin cancer. Limit your time in the sun and wear a high-SPF sunscreen every time you venture outside.
  7. Manage stress: Take a bit of “me time” each day and relax with yoga, meditation, a good book and plenty of rest.
  8. Go easy on the cocktails: Alcohol can sap your skin’s moisture, so limit your intake and drink plenty of water each day to help keep your skin hydrated.

For expert treatment of your psoriasis symptoms, visit your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island.


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