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the use of emollient for dry flaky skin, as in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema.

Psoriasis Treatments

 Psoriasis treatment aims to slow skin cell turnover and reduce inflammation, helping to remove scales and smooth the skin. This can involve topical treatments, light therapy, systemic medications, or newer biologic treatments, often depending on the severity and type of psoriasis. 

Psoriasis Treatments

Psoriasis is more than a superficial skin condition. It's an inflammatory process that can sometimes affect other parts of the body, including the joints (a condition called psoriatic arthritis). Triggers like stress, certain medications, infections, and trauma can exacerbate symptoms. There are various types of psoriasis, with plaque psoriasis being the most common.

Dermatological Approaches to Psoriasis Treatment

 

  1. Topical Treatments: These are applied directly to the skin and are often the first line of defense.

    • Topical Corticosteroids: They reduce inflammation and relieve itching. Available in various strengths, they must be used under a dermatologist's guidance to avoid potential side effects.

    • Vitamin D Analogs: They slow down the growth of skin cells. Examples include calcipotriene (Dovonex) and calcitriol (Rocaltrol).

    • Topical Retinoids: These are derived from Vitamin A and can decrease inflammation.

 

 

  1. Light Therapy (Phototherapy): This involves exposing the skin to controlled amounts of natural or artificial light.

    • UVB Phototherapy: Controlled doses of UVB light from an artificial light source can treat single patches, widespread psoriasis, or psoriasis that resists topical treatments.

    • PUVA: This involves taking a light-sensitizing medication before exposing the skin to UVA light. It requires more careful monitoring due to potential side effects.

 

 

  1. Oral and Injected Medications: Used for more severe cases or when psoriasis resists other treatments.

    • Retinoids: While these can be effective, they can cause serious side effects.

    • Methotrexate: This suppresses the immune system and can improve psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

    • Biologics: Injected or infused medications that target specific parts of the immune system. They're often used for moderate to severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

 

Why Dermatologists are Essential in Psoriasis Management

 

  1. Tailored Treatments: Psoriasis treatments should be individualized based on the type, severity, location, and patient's age and health. Dermatologists offer that specificity.

  2. Safety Monitoring: Some treatments, especially systemic ones, come with risks. Dermatologists ensure that patients are monitored for potential side effects.

  3. Comprehensive Care: Psoriasis can affect the quality of life and emotional well-being. A dermatologist understands these complexities and can offer holistic care, sometimes collaborating with psychologists or rheumatologists.

  4. Education: Dermatologists can provide valuable guidance on triggers to avoid, daily skincare routines, and the latest research on psoriasis treatments.

 

 

In essence, while psoriasis can be a challenging condition, modern medicine offers multiple avenues to manage and mitigate its impact. Under the care of a skilled dermatologist, patients can expect an informed, comprehensive, and empathetic approach to their psoriasis journey.Experience the Divine Dermatology & Cosmetic Center Beverly Hills difference today!

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