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Dermatologist in New Orleans discusses methods of controlling psoriasis

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Patients who are dealing with chronic red, scaly patches on their skin are often diagnosed with psoriasis. Psoriasis is a long-term skin disease that affects millions of Americans. It is often itchy and unsightly. Psoriasis is caused by the accumulation of skin cells and can occur anywhere on the body. It can range from mild to severe. Approximately 80 percent of individuals with psoriasis have mild cases.

Men and women diagnosed with psoriasis take the time to speak to a board certified dermatologist about the methods of controlling their condition. Controlling psoriasis may be done in a variety of ways, and greatly depends on the severity.

First, it is beneficial to determine the triggers of psoriasis. Since psoriasis is an underlying issue with the immune system, flare-ups may be caused by:
  • Medications
  • Disease
  • Infections
  • Stress
  • Cold, dry weather
  • Smoking
  • Skin trauma
  • Diet
  • Poorly controlled chronic diseases
Once patients have determined the triggers, avoidance is recommended whenever possible. This may mean changing a medication, moisturizing the skin more often during cold winter months, or stopping smoking. Controlling psoriasis can also be helped with the use of topical creams prescribed by a dermatologist. Treatment options must be able to remove the scales from the skin, smooth the skin’s surface, and stop the skin cells from growing as quickly as they do, reducing areas of plaque.

A board certified dermatologist such as Dr. Mary Lupo in New Orleans can provide a thorough evaluation, accurate diagnosis, and treatment options for her patients. Psoriasis is not curable at this point, but with the assistance of a medical team, can be controlled and maintained at a reasonable level.

If you are concerned that psoriasis is affecting your life, contact the team at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology today to schedule a consultation appointment with our board certified dermatologist. The practice can be reached by calling (504) 777-3047.


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Our mission at the Lupo Center is to provide patients with innovative, effective and ethical care to make each person look and feel their personal best. To fulfill our goal, we provide state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients.

Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, adjunct professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.

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