usually long-lasting, returns often (chronic), and can be unpredictable.
Symptoms may come on suddenly (flare) and then improve and go away (remission).
This cycle continues over and over. In some cases, psoriasis may go away
without treatment. But in moderate to severe cases, it is best to treat
psoriasis so that it does not get worse.
Several factors can make
the condition worse, depending on the
type of psoriasis. These factors include cold, dry climates; stress;
infection; skin injury; and certain medicines.
There are many psoriasis treatments that can be used alone or in combination. They include topical treatments, phototherapy (ultraviolet light therapy), and oral and injected medications.
Deciding on a treatment approach is something that you'll do with your doctor. Your decision will be based on a number of things: the severity of your psoriasis, any treatments that you've used before, whether you have other medical conditions, and finally, your own opinion about what sounds right to you.
Concern about plaques being visible to other
Severe psoriasis includes:
Plaques that may cover large areas (20% to 30%)
of the body. When determining the percent of coverage, consider that the palm
of your hand equals about 1% of your body surface, and the total surface of
both arms equals about 20%.
which includes ongoing joint swelling, tenderness, limitation of range of
motion, or joint warmth or redness. Severe cases can result in joint
Psoriasis may persist for long periods of time without
getting better or worse.
Psoriasis can cause a lot of stress and
lowered self-esteem. You can get specialized treatment and emotional support from
psoriasis day care centers. For more information on
available resources, see the Other Places to Get Help section of this
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 13, 2010
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