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Psoriasis is a chronic, lifelong disease that requires constant awareness and monitoring. This can be especially challenging during the current pandemic. It is important to understand that having Psoriasis may not put you at an increased risk of developing COVID-19, but being alert and vigilant will help you handle your condition better.
4 important points to help manage Psoriasis during the pandemic
Connect with your Dermatologist
Adhere to your treatment plan
Triggers can impact all aspects of life. Learning about common triggers that can cause sudden increases in symptoms, e.g., stress, changes in weather, medications, alcohol, infections, etc. will help you deal with them better.
Keeping tabs on your symptoms will help you feel more in control of your condition and can act as an indicator to connect with your Dermatologist. Tools like digital cameras or smart phones can be used as ways to record your symptoms.
Easy to use tools for symptom tracking are:
Staying in touch with your Dermatologist can help you discuss your symptoms, resolve queries and ensure treatment continuation.
You can contact your Dermatologist using telemedicine consulting or by visiting the clinic.
Remember to connect with your Dermatologist if you notice a change in symptoms, a flare-up or COVID-19 like symptoms.
You may have several questions regarding the safety of your Psoriasis medications during the pandemic. It is important to remember that your Dermatologist is the best judge to decide on treatment continuation.
Do not alter, delay or stop your treatment without consulting your Dermatologist.
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