Support for Psoriasis
Psoriasis often requires long-term treatment to keep symptoms, such as itchy skin lesions, under control. Our dermatologists follow your progress closely through routine follow-up visits and adjust medication or other treatments, as needed.
For some people, stress or weight gain may make psoriasis symptoms worse. Specialists at NYU Langone offer programs and services designed to help you reduce stress, boost energy, and maintain a healthy body and mind.
Successful management of psoriasis often requires long-term medical therapy, even if your symptoms are not always present. A consistent regimen can keep symptoms from flaring up and prevent the disease from progressing. Long-term medical treatment may include taking medication by mouth every day, injecting medication at home several times a month, or visiting an NYU Langone infusion center to have medication administered through an intravenous infusion.
Your doctor adjusts your treatment plan until the medication or combination of medications is right for you and schedules frequent follow-up appointments to ensure that treatment continues to manage symptoms.
Research shows that stress can exacerbate the symptoms of psoriasis. Simultaneously, managing symptoms of psoriasis may cause people to feel stressed, anxious, and depressed. Experts at NYU Langone offer programs and services designed to ease stress and help you relax. They include acupressure, acupuncture, tai chi, meditation, and psychotherapy.
Acupressure and acupuncture can reduce pain and decrease inflammation. These techniques involve the use of massage or very thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body, which enhances blood flow.
Tai chi is an ancient form of exercise based on a series of simple movements that are held for varying amounts of time. It is a low-impact activity, and most routines move at a slow, graceful pace, emphasizing mental focus, balance, and calmness. Many people find that tai chi boosts their energy and reduces stress. Studies support the use of tai chi to improve balance and reduce joint pain.
Meditation is a form of deep relaxation that has been used for centuries. During meditation, people usually sit quietly with their eyes closed, allowing the mind to focus on remaining still. Many people find that meditation helps restore emotional balance, reduce stress, and boost energy and focus.
In addition, some people find that discussing the challenges of living with psoriasis reduces stress. Our clinical psychologists are available to help you cope with the condition.
Smoking cigarettes has been proven to increase the risk of developing psoriasis and may worsen existing psoriasis. Our doctors recommend that everyone diagnosed with psoriasis quit smoking. They understand that this is not easy. NYU Langone’s Tobacco Cessation Programs can help you every step of the way.
Nutrition and Exercise
Research indicates that a nutritious diet and healthy weight can minimize symptoms of psoriasis and enhance the effectiveness of treatment. NYU Langone nutritionists can help you create a diet and exercise plan to provide your body with the nutrients you need. In addition to psoriasis relief, maintaining a healthy weight and balanced diet can boost your energy level and help you feel less stressed and anxious. Learn more about our Weight Management Program.