Psoriasis is a type of ongoing skin disease experienced by adults. It is characterized by red and swollen patches of skin that have scaling over them. This problem happens because the process of skin cells coming to the skin’s surface happens too quickly, and then the cells form layers before they’re able to mature. A dermatologist is a skin specialist who can offer treatments for psoriasis.
Unfortunately, this skin condition is not curable. But this chronic immune system disease can be managed so that the patient can have a better life without psoriasis controlling it. Psoriasis treatment can make the symptoms less prominent and help the person feel better, sometimes clearing the problem areas entirely.
Dermatologists rely on a variety of treatments, including topical medicines, oral medications, intravenous medicines, and light treatment.
There are a variety of topical solutions, including corticosteroids, retinoids, and salicylic acid. Psoralen and ultraviolet A phototherapy (PUVA) and ultraviolet B phototherapy are types of light therapy a doctor uses. Non-topical medications for this disease include retinoids, methotrexate, cyclosporine, and biologic response modifiers. The different treatments can include side effects that a patient should discuss with the doctor.
Many dermatologists recommend combination therapy that uses a mixture of the different treatment types. Patients may also want counseling or a support group to handle mental and emotional aspects of this disease.
A dermatologist can help determine the right treatment options for each situation. The type of psoriasis is one factor that can affect the type of treatment needed. The different types include plaque, pustular, inverse, guttate, and erythrodermic psoriasis. A person could have more than one type or the type could change over time, so the treatment may need to adapt. The location and size of the patches, how serious it is, and other factors also affect the type of treatment used.
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