The basics of psoriasis treatment from a Flower Mound dermatologist
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that can affect patients in very different ways. As a result, treatment can be vastly different for individuals who are trying to manage the condition. One of the mainstays of psoriasis treatment is learning to effectively control triggers and manage symptoms. Often, the most important step to developing a treatment plan is a thorough discovery about your particular experience dealing with psoriasis.
The three main areas of psoriasis treatment include topical treatments, light therapy, and medications.
Topical treatments can be used alone or in combination with other methods of treatment. When used on their own, they are most effective for managing mild or moderate psoriasis. There are many different types of topical treatments, and some of the most common are: anti- inflammatory corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, topical retinoids, salicylic acid, and moisturizing creams
- Anti-inflammatory corticosteroids – These can help reduce inflammation and relieve itching. They are generally used to help control an outbreak.
- Vitamin D Analogues – These can help slow down the growth of skin cells, which is what causes psoriasis outbreaks.
- Topical Retinoids – Helps slow skin cell growth and reduce inflammation.
- Salicylic Acid – Can help reduce scaling by promoting sloughing of dead skin cells.
- Moisturizers – These won’t heal psoriasis, but can alleviate scaling and itching.
Phototherapy involves the use of narrowband ultraviolet light to specifically and directly target plaques of psoriasis. The goal is to reduce inflammation and scaling and slow down skin cell turnover. Treatments are quick, safe, and effective, and avoid the potential side effects that oral medications and injections may have on internal organs. Remissions with phototherapy are typically longer than with many other forms of treatment. The Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery has tremendous experience in phototherapy and is a leading provider of narrowband ultraviolet light for skin disorders such as psoriasis in the DFW metroplex.
Oral and injected medications are typically reserved for severe psoriasis cases involving large areas of the body (greater than 10%) that may be resistant to other forms of treatment. Dr. Selkin will carefully analyze your individual case and consider other symptoms such as joint pains (arthritis) when making a decision about systemic medications. Potential side effects will be carefully reviewed and balanced. Dr. Selkin and other providers have tremendous experience in using such medications and attend many meetings with colleagues to learn about the newest and safest psoriasis treatments.
There are also lifestyle and environmental factors that can help treat psoriasis symptoms. Smoking and alcohol consumption can be potential triggers and should be avoided for those who have psoriasis. Stress also plays a big role in outbreaks. Learning how to properly manage and reduce stress can help with symptoms and allowing other treatment options to be more effective.
Our team at the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery has many years of experience diagnosing and treating psoriasis. If you are in Flower Mound, TX or surrounding areas contact us today for a consultation.Back to Psoriasis Page