There isn't a cure for psoriasis, and there isn't a perfect treatment either. Treatment for psoriasis can be demanding and cause side effects.
Before treatment, you should make sure that your doctor is comfortable prescribing systemic and biologic medications when they're necessary. Some doctors are reluctant to use these powerful drugs because of their side effects. Caution is important, but experts point out that certain cases demand systemic and biologic medicines. Working with a doctor who understands all of the possible treatments will give you the widest array of options.
Knowing which kind of psoriasis you have helps you and your doctor make a treatment plan. Most people only have one type at a time. Sometimes, after your symptoms go away, a new form of psoriasis will crop up in response to a trigger.
Here's how you can spot the 7 types of psoriasis.
Here are some questions you can ask your doctor about psoriasis treatment. They might help you figure out the best way to treat your psoriasis. Although not all of these questions may apply to your situation, it's still a good idea to look them over.
If my psoriasis doesn't bother me much, do I really need treatment?
Will I need different kinds of treatments for different parts of my body, such as my elbows, face, or fingernails?
Is my psoriasis so severe that I need to use phototherapy or systemic therapy instead of topical treatments? What are the side effects of these treatments?
Does your office have all treatments for psoriasis available -- such as light boxes for phototherapy -- and do you routinely prescribe systemic or biologic medications to treat the condition?
If I'm too busy to make regular phototherapy appointments, can I use a light box at home?