Winter Dry Skin – Is that Psoriasis?

I attended #KnowPso #AbbvieEvent with Dr. Melinda Jennifer Gooderham, of the SKiN Centre for Dermatology to learn about Psoriasis and possible treatments and to bring the information to my readers.

During the winter months here in Ontario, one thing is for certain. Dryness. Dry air from our heaters, not drinking enough water… and it wreaks havoc on our skin.

It’s important to note that sometimes the skin is just dry. Sometimes you might have Eczema and sometimes you might question – is that Psoriasis?

I attended a brunch with Dr. Melinda Jennifer Gooderham, of the SKiN Centre for Dermatology. She shared all the answers to all the pressing Psoriasis questions.

Is That Psoriasis? What to know:

About 1 million Canadian are affected by Psoriasis! That’s many more than I thought and it also means that some people are certainly suffering in silence. It’s a persistent, chronic condition that’s not just on the skin, it’s actually an immune disorder.

Both males and females are susceptible at any age. My son has a dry skin spot on his arm, close to his elbow that I am watching closely. I’m lucky to have never had any issues with dermatological damage, but his father did. Psoriasis can range from small flakes to larger widespread patches. You can strike hands, soles of feet, torsos, genitals, knees and elbows. During a flare-up, it can be itchy and painful under the inflammation.

There is currently no cure for Psoriasis, but treatment can alleviate symptoms and ease it in remission.

If you feel like you might be hiding behind ailments on your skin, and are becoming prone to losses in productivity or mental well being, it’s time to see your doctor for advice. You don’t need to be embarrassed about potential physical issues. If you are suffering from Psoriasis, or suspect that you are, be sure to ask your doctor about Skyrizi for Psoriasis.