Psoriasis treatment depends on the type and considers the level of its severity. Patience and courage to try is the key to success of treatment of psoriasis.
Treating psoriasis is critical to a good disease management and overall health. Work with your doctor to find a treatment—or treatments—that can reduce or eliminate your symptoms. What works for one person with psoriasis might not work for another. So it’s important to know the different treatment options and keep trying until you find the right one that can works.
Good news for you that latest developments in treating psoriasis are in excellent progress.
“IMPORTANT” it’s best to consult with a doctor to determine the condition of psoriasis that you have in order to get appropriate psoriasis treatment.
4 Methods of Psoriasis Treatment
Some options for psoriasis treatment depend on type and severity level of this disease. Keep in mind that with any form of psoriasis treatment, you can apply moisturizer to keep skin comfort. Guttate Psoriasis Blog special report provides four ways of treatment you can learn from and get a general overview:
- Topical therapy treatment that applied directly to the skin.
This product is available in the form of creams, lotions, ointments, mousse and gel. Most people with psoriasis are using a topical treatment in order to control the condition so it will not develop.
Topical treatment are categorize as:
- Vitamin D analogue
- Coal Tar preparations
- Topical Steroids
- Vitamin A analogue
- Phototherapy; psoriasis treatment using ultraviolet light.
Two types of treatment by using ultraviolet (UV):
- Treatment with UVA (psoralen ultraviolet), chemical treatment using psoralen UVA. Psoralen makes skin more sensitive to UVA.
- Treatment with UVB (Narrow-band ultraviolet), UVB treatment does not use psoralen. This treatment recommended by AAD, a study by Keaney and Kirsner provide an objective reasoning that a decrease in cell-T, dendritic cells, and interleukins in psoriatic plague.
- Systemic medications; treatments by taking tablets.
This treatment type is for people who suffer from psoriasis with moderate to severe levels. Keep in mind, this treatment may also causes side effects and risk.
Types of Systemic medications, are as below:
- Acitretin serves to slow the growth of skin cells and reduce inflammation in patients with psoriasis.
- Cislosporin serves to suppress the immune system.
- Hydroxycarbamide serves to slow the growth of skin cells in patients with psoriasis.
- Methotrexate works to slow the growth of skin cells in patients with psoriasis.
Systemic treatment with drugs needs to consult with a physician. Because patient needs to have blood tests and blood pressure to get the suitable drug.
- Biological injections; latest treatment for patients with severe psoriasis that cannot be handled by other 3-methods above. This treatment is to block actions and certain immune cells (T-cells) that cause psoriasis.
* Pictures Of Psoriasis, Phototherapy “treatment using ultraviolet light”
Psoriasis Treatment by Type of Psoriasis
Psoriasis Treatment – Guttate Psoriasis
In general there is no specific treatment. Guttate psoriasis can be spontaneously recover after a few weeks without treatment. Under certain conditions special treatment can be done, also selection of medication and therapy should be done to get maximum results.
Psoriasis Treatment – Plaque Psoriasis
There are many ways in treatment for this psoriasis type. Consult with a doctor or health care professional is very important, because treatment for plaque psoriasis type needs to consider several things such as: gender, age, occupation, personal motivation and other health conditions. Severity of illness is defined not only by the amount and level of existing plaque but also in patient’s perception of understanding this disease. (more detail Plaque Psoriasis Symptoms)
Psoriasis Treatment – Nail Psoriasis
Treatment for Nail Psoriasis type can be performed by an avulsion therapy with chemical or surgical means. Chemical avulsion therapeutic uses of urea ointment with a special compound. Avulsion of chemical therapy is painless and does not cause bleeding wounds and also inexpensive compared with surgical avulsion. Avulsion surgery can be done if chemical means are not effective or did not obtain a significant recovery progress.
Psoriasis Treatment – Psoriasis Pustular
Treatment for this psoriasis type can use a systemic drugs. Oral retinoid, metotrksat, sisklosporin, 6-thioguanine, and hydroxyurea. Cyclosporine is used during the pregnancy. The result of treatment with systemic drug for pustular psoriasis type is very good.
Psoriasis Treatment – Psoriatic Arthritis
For this psoriasis type, there are many treatments and therapies depending on type and severity level. We recommend that you consult with a doctor or health professional (Rheumatologist, Nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Podiatrist). Health professionals can provide splint therapy to reduce the inflamed joints, even tablets and injections to reduce pain and slow down the progression of arthritis inflammation.
What They Says About Psoriasis Treatments
Below are some comments from patients regarding their psoriasis treatment:
“My daughter suffers from psoriasis behind her ears. I found out that sometimes dipping a cotton ball into salt water solution (which I make myself by adding a teaspoon of salt into a glass of water) helps reduce and ease the symptoms. I believe salt does miracles. In Persian we have a saying which in English is: if something is rotting, you add salt to it.” by Caregiver
“Got psoriasis when I was about 20, but didn’t get to a doctor right away , but was diagnosed about a year later. Am 68 years now and have just kept it under control. Get a spot or two on my scalp, but have it nearly all the time on my elbows and one knee. Best product that has worked for me is OXIPOR. It works quite well, but takes a week or two to actually get rid of the spots. OXIPOR stops the itching and reduces the scale after a few days of application about twice a day. Always gets worse during late winter (Feb-April) as living on the West Coast of Canada we don’t get a lot on sunshine in winter. Summertime there seems to be less outbreak. Be careful with OXIPOR. It will permanently stain clothing and some countertops and enamel sinks. Wipe it off immediately with a Kleenex or toilet paper. Keep away from eyes.” by BOB B., 65-74 Male
“I’m 54 and have had the common form of psoriasis for 8-9 yrs. It started under my fingernails, then my shins, then the sides of my palms, and just lately – under both big toenails! Probably hereditary from my grandmother. Nothing worked until I tried Relieva. My doctor tossed me a trial tube of this cream one day and it started working. Almost immediately the itching stopped, then the plaques started disappearing. My shins are completely clear now for over 1 year. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for nails. You don’t need a prescription, it’s 100% drug-free (highly concentrated banana peel oil!), and it works for 50% of cases. Thank God it works for me! I woulld crawl over broken glass to get some! Hopefully it will work for some of you as well. Good Luck!” by Mimi, 45-54 Female