How to Heal Psoriasis

Learning how to heal psoriasis is easier than you might think. With consistent care, you can treat this skin condition in no time at all. The key is to explore your treatment options with the help of a doctor. When it comes to treating psoriasis, there are three main treatment types: topical or ointment-type treatments, oral medications and light therapy options. The following includes some basic information about your treatment options and what they entail. 

Topical Treatments
Often, creams, lotions and ointments can quickly heal psoriasis. Often, such topical treatments are best for mild to moderate cases. If the condition is more severe, topical treatments will most likely be used in conjunction with light therapy or oral medications.

Topical corticosteroids are most commonly used topical treatment for psoriasis. These ointments slow the cell's growth by suppressing a person's immune system. Vitamin D analogues or creams have also been proven to slow the growth of cells to help heal psoriasis. Lastly, anthralin and topical retinoids like tazarotene are great because they normalize the skin cells' DNA activity.

Oral Medications
Oral medications are another effective treatment for psoriasis. Some of these medications have severe side effects, so prolonged use is not recommended. For example, retinoid drugs are been proven to reduce the cell production.

This approach brings its own set of risks, however. Use of retinoids, such as acitretin, has been linked to birth defects. Women who take this medication are asked to avoid pregnancy for three or four years after taking such medication. Other commonly used oral medications include methotrexate and cyclosporine.

Phototherapy
Another treatment option for psoriasis is phototherapy. The easiest form of phototherapy is to use natural sunlight. T cells die when exposed to the UV rays in sunlight. UVB phototherapy involves controlled amounts of UVB light directed on the affected area. Sometimes called broadband UVB, this treatment has shown to be effective for cases that do not respond to topical treatment methods. Photochemotherapy is a treatment where you take a medication that sensitizes you to light. Following this, you are then exposed to UVA light. This is an aggressive treatment for severe cases of psoriasis. Side effects include short-term effects, including nausea and a burning sensation, and long-term effects that can include dry and sometimes even lined or wrinkled skin.

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