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There are 4 types of treatments available to effectively manage the symptoms of Psoriasis.
These are medicines that are applied on the skin
This involves exposing the affected part of the skin to specialised light rays
Oral systemic treatment
They are medicines in the form of oral tablets or pills
These are often injections or infusions that target the immune system
These are various medicines for itchy skin and other Psoriasis associated symptoms. They range from emollients, corticosteroids, calcitriol or tar based therapies.
Here’s a brief overview on topicals used for Psoriasis.
Emollients can be in the form of creams, ointments or lotions.
Special lamps which emit ultra violet light is directed towards the plaques or scales.
These are used as a treatment option for moderate to severe Psoriasis.
Systemic medicines work differently from topical treatments. It is therefore important for you to have a frank conversation with your Dermatologist before you begin your treatment. Here are a few questions about systemic treatment you can ask your Dermatologist.
Biologics for Psoriasis target the immune system and are used for those with moderate to severe itchy skin and other Psoriasis associated symptoms. There are various types of biologics for Psoriasis, and your Dermatologist will be the best judge to decide which biologic suits you best.
Your Dermatologist will initiate biologics if you suffer from moderate to severe Psoriasis. Here are a few questions about biologics you can ask your Dermatologist that will help you make an informed choice:
Setting a treatment goal is an important step towards knowing if your treatment is working for you. There are a few defined treatment goals for Psoriasis treatment.
* It may be acceptable to have less than 3% of your body affected by Psoriasis (or have 75% improvement) at this time.
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