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Psoriasis Treatments & Alternative Options


Disease management is critical when it comes to the effective treatment of this common skin condition. As an autoimmune disease, psoriasis can produce a wide range of symptoms which can have a significant impact on your overall health. You’ll want to work closely with your doctor in order to identify the treatments and therapies which are best suited toward your symptoms. Basically, a treatment plan that is super effective for one patient may not work for another.

When it comes to treating psoriasis, there are a few main categories from which your doctor may choose your treatment plan.

Biologics

Biologic medication (otherwise referred to as biologics) can be prescribed to people with moderate to severe psoriasis. It is also used for patients with psoriatic arthritis that have not responded well to other forms of treatment. These drugs can be administered either by injection or intravenous (IV) infusion.

Systemics

Systemic drugs can be taken orally or injected, but the effects can be felt throughout the entire body. Similar to the biologics, these medications can be used for patients with moderate to severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Phototherapy

This form of treatment, also known as light therapy, makes use of ultraviolet light to combat the symptoms of the patient’s skin condition. During phototherapy, the skin is exposed to UV-light on a regular basis under a doctor’s supervision. This form of treatment is usally performed at a clinic or doctor’s office, but it can also be applied at the patient’s own home with a phototherapy unit.

Topical Treatments

These are some of the most widely used treatments for people living with this autoimmune disease. Following a diagnosis of psoriasis, their doctor will usually prescribe some form of topical treatment that will be applied directly to the skin. Actually, there are a variety of topical solutions that are available over-the-counter as well.

Alternative Treatment Options

In some cases, patients are looking for other forms of therapy, so they turn to complementary and alternative medicine. This term represents a whole grouping of diverse practices, products, and health care systems. We would like to remind you that these practices are not considered to be part of conventional medicine, but some patients find them to be more effective.

Despite the number of options, treating psoriasis can be quite difficult. This disease is often unpredictable, flip-flopping between periods or remission and flare-ups, almost at random. Additionally, the effects of a prescribed treatment can also be unpredictable. Over time, some people’s skin can even become resistant to the applied treatment, and more potent treatments often come with side effects. If you have been diagnosed with some form of psoriasis, your doctor will help you formulate a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.