There are many effective psoriasis treatment choices. The treatment is decided on the basis of severity of the disease, the extent of areas involved, the type of psoriasis or the patient’s response to initial treatments. This is called the “1-2-3” approach.
Step 1 involves the usage of topical applications, which work by reducing inflammation and sloughing of dead skin.
Step 2 focuses on sun light and UV therapies – When exposed to UV rays in sunlight or artificial light, the activated T cells in the skin die. This slows down the skin cell turnover and reduces scaling and inflammation. Although daily doses of small amounts of sun exposure may improve the skin, intense sun exposure can worsen symptoms and damage the skin.
Step 3 involves oral medications and immune-modulating drugs.
Often individual treatments provide relief but are seldom strong enough to clear lesions over the long term. A combination approach is therefore considered to be treatment of choice.
Effects of psoriasis treatments also can be unpredictable; what works well for one person might be ineffective for someone else. Psoriasis should be faced with a measure of equanimity. When a new patch is noted, it is no cause for fear, for treatment can rid you of it and a cleared patch is no cause for celebration, as a new lesion can occur there or elsewhere someday. The focus is to keep psoriasis from coming in the way of your routine, livelihood and quality of life with the means available.
Many systems of medicine have effective treatments for psoriasis to the point of inducing remissions, but none can cure it as matters stand today. Be wary of quacks in the real world and online who promise you what you wish to believe and love to hear.
The future of Psoriasis treatments – A study carried out by Leicester University may have changed the future of Psoriasis. The study shows that a particular gene variant called CDSN found on chromosome6 is more active in Psoriatic patients. With the exact location of the gene responsible for Psoriasis, being identified, it brings us closer to directly targeting the gene activity leading to better treatment of Psoriasis in the near future.