How to Get Rid of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin condition that, like eczema, affects millions of people across the globe. Unfortunately, as of April 2010, there is no cure. Only treatment of the symptoms and reducing the frequency and severity of each outbreak is possible.
Because the condition has no cure, patients and physicians track what triggers episodes and adjust whenever possible to avoid occurrences, such as:
- Too much sunlight
- Too little sunlight
- Cold weather (specially dry air)
The biggest step in treating a recurring condition is prevention. When that doesn't work, and the condition flares up, common treatments may offer relief, some of which are:
Antibiotic ointments: Especially effective against skin infections.
Corticosteroid ointments: Anti-inflammation agents; used to slow cell growth, reducing itching and flaking.
Vitamin D analogues: Used to slow cell growth and strengthen natural skin integrity.
Topical retinoids: Tazarotene was specifically designed for psoriasis.
Light therapy: Specifically sunlight and UVB ray therapy. When exposed to UV rays, the overactive T-cells that cause the overproduction of skin cells are naturally killed or slowed. Also includes Narrowband UVB therapy and Photochemotherapy.
Dandruff shampoos: Used to remove dead skin cells on the scalp. Can be medicated for psoriasis treatment.
Moisturizing creams and lotions: Enhances skin's elasticity; can have vitamin D or other ingredients to aid the skin's integrity.
Oral medicines: Retinoids, methotrexate, cyclosporine, and others.
Physicians can prescribe various medication to help their patients find relief from episodes. Most prescriptions include antibiotic ointments, but in severe cases, patients may need additional prescriptions, such as:
- Adalimumab (Humira)
- Alefacept (Amevive)
- Etanercept (Enbrel)
- Infliximab (Remicade)
There are different types of psoriasis, each with its own symptoms and treatments. Consult a health professional before initiating self-treatment programs.