There are various treatments for psoriasis, and people respond differently to different treatments. That is why we recommend you consult with our skin specialist to determine your best option. The treatment will be determined by the type and severity of your psoriasis as well as how much of your skin is affected and where it is on your body. We may begin with a mild treatment such as a topical cream and move to stronger treatments if necessary.
There are different types of treatments, including topical creams and oral or injected medications. These different treatments may be used together. Our specialist can examine your skin and may take a biopsy to eliminate other possible conditions.
Topical creams are mainly prescribed for people with mild to moderate psoriasis. If the condition is severe, creams may be used in combination with the light therapy or oral medications. The most frequently used are topical corticosteroids that relieve itching and reduce inflammation.
Light therapy uses natural and artificial light. Natural light means you may expose your psoriasis to sunlight for controlled periods of time. Artificial light is ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB), which may improve symptoms especially if psoriasis has resisted topical treatments. UVB treatment may be narrowband or broadband. The narrowband may be more effective and the results may last longer. Both may produce dry skin that may be relieved with a moisturizer.
Oral or injected medications are mainly prescribed for very severe cases that have been resistant to other treatments. Also called systemic treatment, it may have side effects, so it is only used for very short periods and is alternated with other treatments.
If you suffer from psoriasis, mild or severe, our specialist can find a treatment for your individual issues. Contact us today at Dermatology & Skin Care Associates to schedule your first consultation in Mason.