What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy, red, scaly patches to appear, most commonly on the trunk, elbows, knees, and scalp. It is a chronic disease that tends to flare during periods, then subside for a while. While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are a wide range of effective treatments available to help manage and lessen symptoms.
Common psoriasis symptoms include:
- Red areas to brown-purplish areas of skin covered with silvery scales, .
- Brown-purplish skin covered with silvery scales in deeper skin tones
- Dry or cracked skin that may bleed once picked or scratched.
- Itchiness, soreness, or burning.
- Thickened nails.
- Stiff or swollen joints.
There are several types of psoriasis that may occur. The most common type is plaque psoriasis, which causes dry, red patches of skin that are covered with silvery scales. Other types include nail psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and more. The best way to live with psoriasis is to optimize the management of it, including avoidance of triggers and use of best available therapy. Assessment and treatment at DermAtelier on Avenue will provide you with the means to understand and conquer your condition.
Psoriasis Treatment Options
There is a wide selection of psoriasis treatment options that aim to stop skin cells from growing quickly. These options include:
The most commonly used topical treatment to treat mild to moderate psoriasis is corticosteroids. They are available in many forms, including ointments, lotions, creams, gels, shampoos, and sprays. Other topical treatment options include retinoid creams, calcineurin inhibitors, salicylic acid, and vitamin D analogues.
Light therapy or “phototherapy” is an effective treatment option for moderate to severe psoriasis and can be used alone combined with other medications. This treatment involves exposing the targeted skin to controlled amounts of artificial or natural light. These light options are offered at highly-specified doses of UVB broadband or UVB narrowband light. This therapy is not available at DermAtelier on Avenue but is found at some hospitals and private offices.
Oral or Injectable Medications
For those with moderate to severe psoriasis who have not seen results with other treatments, oral or injectable medications may be prescribed. These may include an injection of steroids into the lesions, retinoid pills, or biologic drugs which are injected to alter the immune system, improving symptoms.
- Adalimumab (Humira)
- Apremilast (Otezla)
- Brodalumab (Siliq)
- Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia)
- Etanercept (Enbrel)
- Guselkumab (Tremfya)
- Infliximab (Remicade)
- Ixekizumab (Taltz)
- Risankizumab (Skyrizi)
- Secukinumab (Cosentyx)
- Ustekinumab (Stelara)
Dr. Beach will choose your treatment to best control your symptoms, with consideration of the severity and type of psoriasis. She will work with you to determine which treatment option you are most comfortable with and is best for your lifestyle for the best possible results.
Who is a Good Candidate for Psoriasis Treatment?
If your psoriasis is causing you discomfort, pain, or self-consciousness, making daily life difficult, you can benefit from psoriasis treatment.
What to Expect After Psoriasis Treatment?
Following regular use of psoriasis treatment, most patients see an improvement in their plaques and symptoms by 3-months’ time. Many notices longer periods of remission, and in some cases, less joint pain, making day-to-day life more comfortable and enjoyable.
Contact Us Today
If you are interested in learning more about psoriasis treatment options, contact DermAtelier on Avenue today to find out how to obtain an appointment. Make your first step toward treatment and clearer, happier skin under your own terms.