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What are the Most Advanced Treatments for Psoriasis?

Published on January 14, 2016

A survey taken by National Psoriasis Foundation showed that 5,600 people with psoriasis were unhappy with their disease management. Fortunately, there are new, more effective treatments available. Below is a list of some of the advanced treatments available for psoriasis:

Oral Treatments

The Food And Drug Administration approved a new oral medication for psoriasis treatment in 2014. The medication is named Otezla. It first hit the market in March 2014, and the FDA approved it for moderate to severe psoriasis treatment in September 2014.

Otezla works by blocking the immune system response that triggers inflammation. It can be used in combination with other psoriasis treatments. There are other medications currently being tested in clinical trials.

Topical Treatments

Topical treatments are applied directly to the skin. They may be used in combination with other treatments. There are both over-the-counter and prescription topical treatments. Over-the-counter treatments are effective for alleviating the symptoms psoriasis causes, such as scaling and itching. Capsaicin, aloe vera and zinc are ingredients found in many topical treatments.

Prescription topical treatments include steroid medications. They can reduce the redness and inflammation psoriasis causes. There are other topical treatments being tested. Foams and sprays will likely be available in the near future.

Biologics to Treat Psoriasis

Biologics are made from living proteins. They are administered via injection or IV. They block proteins inside of the immune system. Even though biologics are not new, the newer biologics target the immune system in a different way. Stelera, Humira, Remicade and Enbrel are some of the biologics that have been developed within the past 10 years.

Doctors and dermatologists often recommend biologics to people who have not responded to other treatments. It is also recommended for people who are not able to use other treatments due to the side effects. However, they are not recommended for people who have a compromised immune system.

Most patients with psoriasis will benefit from a variety of treatments. Results can vary from individual to individual. The best way to find a treatment that works for you is by consulting with a dermatologist. If you are looking for a dermatologist in NYC or Scarsdale, then you should contact Manhattan Center For Dermatologist.