Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that can be difficult to manage, but thankfully there are a variety of treatments available. Let’s take a closer look at the options available so you can make an informed decision about which treatment is right for you.
One common treatment option for psoriasis is topical corticosteroids. These steroid-based ointments or creams are applied directly to affected areas of the skin and can help reduce inflammation, dryness and itching. Other topical treatments include calcineurin inhibitors and retinoids, which are used to suppress the immune system reaction that causes the symptoms of psoriasis.
Topical corticosteroids come in different strengths and can be used for short-term or long-term treatment of psoriasis. They are usually applied directly to the affected areas as an ointment, cream, foam, or lotion. Depending on their strength, they can be used up to four times per day for up to four weeks at a time.
Common Side Effect
The most common side effects of topical corticosteroids include dryness, burning, irritation, or thinning of the treated area. Overuse or misuse of these medications can also cause more serious side effects such as infection and stretch marks. It’s important to use them only as directed by your doctor and not use them longer than recommended without consulting with your physician first.
Depending on each individual case, your doctor may prescribe one type of topical corticosteroid or a combination with other treatments such as phototherapy (light therapy) for added effectiveness in treating psoriasis symptoms. The key is working closely with your physician so you receive proper care tailored specifically for you based upon your needs and lifestyle factors in order get optimal results from your psoriasis treatment plan.
Phototherapy is a common treatment for psoriasis, a skin condition that causes scaly patches to form on the body. It involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet (UV) light in order to slow down cell growth and reduce inflammation. Phototherapy has been used to treat psoriasis since the 1960s, and has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its effectiveness.
Phototherapy is generally safe when administered by a doctor or nurse practitioner in a controlled setting, though it can cause side effects such as redness, itching, swelling, blistering, burning sensation or even sunburns if not done properly. In addition to these side effects, some people may be more sensitive than others to UV radiation; therefore it’s important for patients to be monitored carefully during each session by a trained medical professional.
Ultimately, phototherapy is an option available for those who suffer from psoriasis and don’t respond well to other forms of treatment like topical ointments or injections; although it should always be discussed with a medical professional before starting any new treatment regimen so you know what options are available for you personally depending on your unique care needs related to your diagnosis with this chronic inflammatory skin condition.
Systemic therapy is a broad term that encompasses a number of therapeutic interventions used to treat psoriasis. It includes medications, dietary changes, and lifestyle modifications that are all aimed at controlling the skin condition and reducing inflammation. Systemic therapies can be used in combination with topical treatments, such as creams and ointments, or they may be used alone.
One of the most commonly prescribed systemic therapies for psoriasis is Skyrizi. This helps to reduce inflammation in affected areas and slows down the rapid growth of new skin cells. It can also help to reduce levels of itching and redness associated with psoriasis.
Biologic therapies like Tremfya are used to treat moderate-to-severe cases that have not responded well to other treatments. Biologics work by targeting specific proteins involved in the body’s inflammatory response associated with psoriasis flare ups while minimizing side effects associated with systemic medications like immunosuppression or liver damage.
Overall, biologic therapies like Tremfya can offer significant relief from the symptoms of plaque psoriasis and potentially reduce long-term joint damage associated with psoriatic arthritis when used correctly. If you or someone you know is living with either condition, consult your doctor about whether this type of treatment might be right for you.
Finally, certain lifestyle changes may also provide relief from psoriasis symptoms such as stress management techniques, avoidance of environmental triggers known to worsen flare ups (e.g., extreme temperatures), adopting a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, quitting smoking/drinking alcohol – if applicable – as well maintaining healthy levels of physical activity. By consulting with your healthcare provider about all possible treatment options available for managing your symptoms you’ll be able to develop an individualized care plan best suited for you specific needs and lifestyle habits.