Q. I'm waking up every morning with little bites on my arms. Could these be from bedbugs?
A. They certainly could be. Bedbugs -- small, oval-shaped, wingless insects that feed on the blood of mammals (including humans) -- are making a big comeback all over the country. Bedbugs get their name from the fact that they often hide in mattresses during the day -- after feasting on sleeping people at night.
Unlike ticks and fleas, bedbugs don't carry diseases. But the itching can be severe, the...
Using either a digital camera or smartphone - or for the more artistically inclined, a piece of paper - record changes in the psoriasis plaques on your body to see where and how much skin is affected by flares. Keep at it each week, and make notes about events such as doctor visits and new treatment to see patterns over time.
Learn to describe the patterns you see. Psoriasis is unique in each person with the condition, but there are certain categories:
Plaque psoriasis: Most people (80%) develop raised, inflamed red skin (plaques) covered by scales that can be white or silver.