It is natural for the body to produce new skin cells each month and replace the old ones that flake or shed off. But with the skin condition known as psoriasis, the new skin cells begin to form within a few days instead of weeks. The rapid production of skin cells causes their accumulation on the surface of the skin. The result is thick patches of dry, red, itchy skin.
Psoriasis can develop in anyone, though it is most common among those ages 15 to 35. The lesions caused by this condition are typically visible on the limbs, lower back, and scalp. However, they can appear on other parts of the body as well.
In some cases, the person suffering from psoriasis might not be affected by the common symptoms, but in other cases, psoriasis can be an embarrassing and disabling condition. It can have a serious impact on one’s lifestyle and daily interactions.
Psoriasis is known to be a chronic (long-term) and incurable severe skin condition. The course of this skin condition varies between those affected. This means it could improve or worsen at periodic intervals. It isn’t surprising to see psoriasis clear up for several years and not show any symptoms in a person. Several people complain that symptoms worsen in the cold winter months.
Even though psoriasis is incurable, it may respond successfully to various systemic and topical treatments. It is possible to offer relief to even those suffering from severe psoriasis during flare-ups. Different treatments are available for relieving the symptoms of psoriasis and improving one’s daily life.
Prescription Topical Treatments
A doctor may prescribe direct rubbing of topical treatments into the affected areas for local relief. The following are some common topical treatments administered for psoriasis:
Salicylic Acid: Your doctor may suggest the use of ointments containing salicylic acid, as it helps in smoothening out the skin. Salicylic acid encourages the flaking off of psoriatic scales.
Prescription Retinoids: Prescription retinoids are a synthetic formulation of Vitamin A and can help improve the condition of psoriasis.
Steroid-Based Creams: Steroid creams may help in reducing inflammation, blocking cell overproduction, and relieving itching.
Topical Corticosteroids: Topical corticosteroids are strong anti-inflammatory drugs that are typically prescribed for the treatment of mild/moderate psoriasis.
Light Therapy for Treating Psoriasis
This particular psoriasis treatment makes use of artificial ultraviolet light. Artificial ultraviolet rays are used in conjunction with certain medications that make your skin more receptive to the treatment.
A patient is usually called for a series of treatment sessions until the skin begins to show some improvements. It will typically be necessary to allow two weeks to pass between each treatment. After the desired results have been achieved, maintenance treatments may be required.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are interested in effective psoriasis treatment with the help of prescription topical medications or phototherapy treatments, arrange an appointment for a consultation. Skilled dermatologic surgeon Dr. David Kriegel will be happy to help you treat your psoriasis or any other skin conditions you may be experiencing.