Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Summer Psoriasis: How Can I Get Relief?

Monday, 23 Jul 2012 09:23 AM

Question: I have had psoriasis for many years. I seem to get flare ups most every summer. Can psoriasis be seasonal?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Actually, psoriasis symptoms are said to improve in the spring and summer with increased exposure of your skin to the sun’s ultraviolet light, which suppresses the rapidly multiplying skin cells in psoriasis. With the current new immunomodulant therapies available, there is less dependance on topical treatments, and many cases can now be treated into an almost full remission. An increase in the amount of moisture in the air may also provide some relief, because dry skin can make psoriasis symptoms worse. However, many people like you experience flares in the summer. Gradually increase the time you spend in sunlight and use a moisturizer. Relaxation and de-stressing also reduce flare ups.


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