Development of red, scaly, itchy and probably crusted irregular patches and pigments on the skin mark psoriasis, an autoimmune skin disease which is attributed to unusual skin growth (patches) covered in white scales. Aforementioned symptoms may vary depending the severity, area of the body and immune system and type of treatment. Yes! Type of treatment does affect the condition.
There are several ways of treating psoriasis with some more effective and safe than others. The application of topical treatments and ointment for psoriasis works for some people pretty well while for others, it may worsen the condition. It causes the patches to expand and probably spread to other parts of the body. Much of that according to Dr. Michael Steppie, MD of Orlando Associates In Dermatology, is attributed to the fact that different people have different skin types. Some types react well to a treatment while others can react negatively to it.
However, there are advanced psoriasis treatments which come in handy for different skin types. Topical regimens may have limitations in cases of severity, but advanced treatments are efficient. Its efficiency is attributed to its ability of impacting the immune system. Though it may have a manageable side effect, advanced treatments are much more convenient.
Topical Treatments Vs Advanced Treatments
Ointments as well as creams applied on the skin to reduce the effects of psoriasis are referred to as topical treatments which are minimally absorbed into the bloodstream. Topical treatments are sort of mild but not effective for all skin types. Here is an example:
Corticosteroids like fluocinonide and hydrocortisone, coastal tar, anthralin, calcipotriene, tazarotene, skin moisturizers, tacrolimus and calcitriol. “Such treatment are to be applied to the psoriasis affected area of the body under the prescription of a dermatologist”, advised Michael Steppie. He added, “Corticosteroids are much powerful. If too much of it goes into the bloodstream it can impact negatively on the overall health of a patient”.
Psoriasis is autoimmune induced. For treatment efficiency, medications and drugs are taken to correct the hormonal imbalances which causes the symptoms to develop on the skin. Such medications and drugs which are effective for mild and severe psoriasis conditions are known as advanced treatments. They have some side effects. Administered by a skin doctor, treatment side effects are considerably reduced. Advanced treatments include:
Medications or drugs like soriatane, otezla, trexall, cyclosporine.
Clinical therapies such as enbrel, cosentyx, humira, stelara.
The condition for choosing treatment options is the severity of psoriasis. At the initial stage, Michael Steppie suggests the use of topical creams and ointments under the prescription of a doctor. “Patients have to be watchful for negative reaction of the body to treatments”, Dr. Michael Steppie added, “if topical treatments don’t work, advanced treatments are applied.” Meaning, the use of medications and drugs which affect the immune system to inhibit the symptoms of psoriasis.