Aug 30, 2018 by Gregg Gammello
With age, our skin begins to change. It becomes looser, dark spots and wrinkles show up and those dark circles under the eyes become harder to get rid of. However, these changes are completely normal and expected since they are a part of the body’s natural aging process. On the other hand, thick, scaly patches of psoriasis causes are not so expected, even though this is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States.
Most seniors know that this disease causes scaly patches, but your loved one should know that psoriasis can also increase the risk of lymphoma, low bone density, non-melanoma skin cancer, and even osteoporosis. If your parent suffers from psoriasis, they are also prone to developing psoriatic arthritis, which causes swollen fingers and toes, as well as foot and lower back pain. Therefore, your loved one should visit a board-certified dermatologist, learn more about this disease and receive the most appropriate treatment plan. When needed, our in home caregiver can provide transportation to and from doctor’s appointments.
According to guidelines from the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board, seniors with mild psoriasis should use only topical treatments, while those with severe psoriasis should receive phototherapy. Whether your loved one suffers from mild or severe form, they should talk to all of their doctors before any treatment plan is prescribed. That way they will ensure that the new treatment doesn’t interfere with other medications they are already taking.
Even though your loved one receives a prescribed treatment, they can also take some additional steps to manage their condition. Our in home care provider can ensure your parent ’s skin products don’t contain any alcohol since it can irritate their skin. Also, your senior should place a humidifier in their home, which will prevent dry skin. Our in home caregiver can prepare healthy meals that include cold water fish, omega-3 fatty acids, and nuts, which can help reduce the symptoms of this disease.