Are You Aware Of Your Psoriasis?
Sometimes, life takes an unexpected turn. One day, you are doing okay. The next, you are down with a disease or a medical condition. You find an unusual patch on your skin — a weird skin rash on the hand which starts to itch. And when you have gotten the condition checked, the doctor tells you that you have psoriasis.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease you would not expect to be diagnosed with, but do not worry: this skin condition is not deadly or contagious. So, how do you deal with these red spots, scaly skin, and skin lesions?
Don’t Be Rash: Treatments, targets, and timing
You roll up your sleeves. You dive into research like a hawk, narrowing down treatment alternatives, getting expert advice on skin lesions, and you get started on medication. How do you know what results to look for and how long to wait?
Here are a few realistic goals you should be seeing once you undergo any treatments for psoriasis 1:
So, how do you know if you are doing alright with the current treatment? Check out the following:
There is a tool that helps you evaluate your quality of life so you can have a meaningful conversation with your dermatologist. It’s called the Dermatology Life Quality Index, which requires you to answer a questionnaire with ten simple questions.
Clear Skin Is Possible
Three months go by. The itching skin rash has subsided and red patches only cover 1% of your skin.
You disguise it easily under clothing. With no noticeable side effects, you fully concentrate on going out on dates, meeting colleagues for drinks, and travelling with your family. You schedule that appointment with your dermatologist and track your progress with a smile on your face. It doesn’t matter if psoriasis flared up for you at age 18 or 50. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve gone suffering with scaly skin pulled so tightly across your bones you thought it would break. It doesn’t even matter if you’ve tried treatments that worked for a period of time and then suddenly stopped working. Find what works for you and focus on your target. Find a new treatment, set realistic goals, and talk to your doctor; say goodbye to skin lesions and say hello to clear skin.
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If you like this, see also: Biologic Treatment For Psoriasis: 4 Things You Need To Know
Dr Ch’ng obtained his specialty training from the Royal College of Physicians in London. Subsequently, he obtained his Advanced Masters in Dermatology from the National University of Malaysia. He was previously the Head of Dermatology of the State of Pahang and Hospital Sungai Buloh.
His call to dermatology started way before he even contemplated doing medicine. His father suffered from severe psoriasis, and was in and out of hospital a lot in the late 1970s. His father’s condition made him see that skin disease is not just an aesthetic problem, as it can cause the patient and the entire family so much grief. His practice today reaffirms his belief, with many patients expressing deep relief and gratitude after their treatment.
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Dr. Ch'ng is a NSR registered consultant dermatologist. She graduated as a gold medalist from Univeristy Malaya in 2006. She obtained Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physician of the United Kingdom in 2010 and joined dermatology team in University Malaya in the same year. She completed Advanced Master in Dermatology (UKM) in 2014 and a visiting fellowship in Cutaneous Laser Surgery in Mahidol University (Thailand) in 2017. Her special interest include acne, psoriasis, urticaria, contact dermatitis/eczema and procedural dermatology.
Dr. Ch'ng started her instagram account @cccskindoc providing free skin care tips and education to public. She believes everyone deserves up-to-date and accurate information on skin care to embrace the skin that he or she is in.
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Dr Khor graduated from National University of Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur in 2002. He obtained his Internal Medicine specialty training from the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2007 and further subspecialized in Dermatology by obtaining his Advanced Master in Dermatology from UKM in 2013. Dr Khor served as the Head of Dermatology service for Perlis from 2013 to 2015 before transferring back to Penang. Currently, he is the Deputy Head of Department of Dermatology in Hospital Pulau Pinang. He is also a visiting consultant dermatologist at KPJ Penang Specialist Hospital and Northern Skin Specialist Clinic.
Dr Khor is active in academic activities, performing as an honorary lecturer for Allianze University College of Medical Sciences and Penang Medical College. He is active in research as well with the publication of original papers in dermatological journals and serves as a reviewer for Malaysian Journal of Dermatology. His dedication to the profession earned him Excellent Service Award from the Ministry of Health in 2009 and 2017.
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