Currently there is no cure for
psoriasis. But many types of treatment are available,
including products applied to the skin, phototherapy, and oral medicines, which
can help control psoriasis. Most cases are mild and can be treated with skin
products. In some cases, psoriasis can be hard to treat if it is severe and
widespread. Most psoriasis returns, even mild forms.
of treatment is to slow the rapid growth of skin cells that causes psoriasis
and to reduce inflammation. Treatment is based on the type of psoriasis you
have, its location, its severity, and your age and overall health. It also
depends on how much you are affected by the condition, either physically
(because of factors such as joint pain) or emotionally (because of
embarrassment or frustration from a skin rash that may cover a large or visible
area of the body).
While the underlying cause of psoriasis stems from your body's immune system, certain triggers can make symptoms worse or cause flare-ups. These psoriasis triggers include:
Cold and dry weather. Such weather can dry out your skin, which makes the chances of having a flare-up worse. In contrast, hot, sunny weather appears to help control the symptoms of psoriasis in most people.
Stress. Having psoriasis can itself cause stress, and patients often report that outbreaks of symptoms...
Medicines applied to the skin (topical treatments)
Treatment for mild
psoriasis, characterized by a few isolated raised
patches, begins with skin care, which includes
keeping your skin moist. Basic treatment often
involves combining treatments and products that you can get without a
Creams, ointments, and lotions to moisturize
Shampoos, oils, and sprays to treat psoriasis of the
Some exposure to sunlight.
It is also important to avoid what can trigger a flare-up
of psoriasis or make the condition worse. Stress, skin injury, infection, and
use of alcohol can all contribute to symptom flare-ups. Streptococcal
infections, which usually affect the upper respiratory tract, are associated
with guttate psoriasis.
will improve your overall well-being and reduce your physical symptoms.
You may try prescription medicines if your psoriasis is not helped by
products you can get without a prescription. Topical medicines for psoriasis
A treatment called occlusion therapy may be effective for
some people. This involves first applying skin products, such as moisturizers,
medicated creams, or gels, then wrapping the skin with tape, fabric, or
plastic. Occlusion helps keep the area moist and increases the effectiveness of
medicated creams. Talk to your doctor before using occlusion therapy, to make
sure that you do it safely.
Treatment using more than one topical
medicine is often done. This can help prevent side effects from some of the
stronger medicines. For example, you may use one medicine during the week but
another on the weekend.
Creams, ointments, lotions, and other
medicines spread on the skin work better for some people than for others. If
one medicine does not clear up your psoriasis, your doctor will likely advise
you to try another medicine or combination of treatments.