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.
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