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Psoriasis Treatment 101

Psoriasis is an immune system disorder that is actually a bit of a mystery for the medical community. Treatment options are available to help those who are afflicted with the disease.

With this condition, skin cells reproduce at a significantly faster rate than they normally would, as much as ten times more. As the cells are generated, they travel to the surface of the skin where they build up and die off. The sheer volume of cells produced leads to red, raised plaques marked with white scales, which is one of the key symptoms to note. Other symptoms include dryness, itching, bleeding, and soreness in the affected areas.

At this time, there is no definitive “cure” for the condition, so psoriasis treatment is centered on relieving symptoms and managing the disorder. This is achieved by preventing the skin cells from growing at such a fast rate and removing the scales that build up on the surface. The three forms of treatment to assist in meeting those objectives are:

  • Topical treatments – Ointments and creams can be effective for treating mild to moderate cases, even on their own. When it comes to severe cases, topical medications are likely to be combined with one of the other forms of treatment. Specific topical medications include corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, retinoids, calcineurin inhibitors, and anthralin.
  • Phototherapy (light therapy) – The use of both artificial and natural ultraviolet light sources can be beneficial for this disorder. A key element is controlled exposure—simply laying out in the sun for extended periods can actually exacerbate the condition.

In addition to sunlight, UVB phototherapy, narrow band UVB therapy, and laser treatments are potential options.

  • Oral (and injected) medications – These are typically reserved for cases of psoriasis that are resistant to other forms of treatment. The reason behind this is that many oral and injected medications used to treat psoriasis do come with side effects. As such, medication is often used only in brief periods.

Understanding the various forms of psoriasis treatment is important, but so too is talking to us when the condition causes issues in your lower limbs! Contact Dallas Podiatry Works for more information by calling toll-free 972.566.7474. You can also simply schedule an appointment online today or come in to talk to one of our foot doctors.

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"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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