Welcome back to my psoriasis blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I am a dermatologist at The Dermatology Center in New Albany, IN. I started this blog to share research and breakthroughs related to psoriasis, but also to address common questions from individuals with psoriasis. The Chicago Tribune recently published a great response to a reader question about effective psoriasis treatments.
The reader is a psoriasis patient who says “I’ve tried a few [psoriasis treatments] without much success.” While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are a wide variety of treatment options that can be used at the doctor’s discretion. As the Mayo Clinic explains, treatment options for psoriasis will generally depend on how severe the disease is and how the body has responded to previous treatments. Physicians generally start with mild methods and proceed to stronger treatment alternatives only when needed.
The first treatment option, which is most effective in mild to moderate cases, is prescribing creams or ointments. Even lighter cases have been successfully addressed with a topical treatment. When psoriasis does not improve after using creams or ointments, the next step is to try stronger medications that can be injected or taken orally. Such treatments can produce serious side effects, so they are generally only prescribed for a small period of time.
Unfortunately, the treatment that works for one patient will not always work for another. Even individuals who find a successful treatment could have problems with that treatment down the road, as the body builds up resistance to the treatment. Psoriasis itself can go through cycles of changing severity, which also makes it difficult to develop a uniform treatment strategy. The best advice is to speak with a dermatologist to develop a treatment plan that best controls psoriasis symptoms.
To view the full article, which also includes information on the causes of psoriasis, click here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-201312051700–tms–mayoclnctnmc-b20131205-20131205,0,1781571.story
Thanks for reading,