Overview of Psoriasis Medication

Any good treatment plan for psoriasis will begin with topical medications. Many of these medications use aloes, which help to heal the skin. The skin areas that are usually affected by the condition will feel hot and aloe can provide a cooling sensation. If the scalp is the area that is most affected, patients might instead try some medicated shampoos. These shampoos usually contain aloe and are designed to be massaged into the scalp during a shower. For the full effect, the shampoo should be left in the hair for a few extra minutes.

Individuals who are severely affected by the condition might try occlusion therapy. After the desired ointment or cream has been applied to the skin, the area is covered with some kind of bandage. When the area is wrapped in plastic or tape, the medicated cream is forced to remain on the skin, which may make it more effective. With a bandage over the target area, the skin will also retain moisture better. When the skin is prevented from drying out overnight, the symptoms of the condition may abate somewhat. Occlusion therapy is not hard to set up, but dermatologists should always be consulted before the technique is tried.

In some cases, oral medication might also be used. Generally, these medicines are retinoids and are designed to bring vitamin A to certain areas of the body. More recently, dermatologists have perfected techniques in which medications are injected into the plaque itself. Because this is often a technique of last resort, it isn’t used on most patients. As a quite different alternative, some people might be given ultraviolet therapy. When they apply a certain cream to their skin, the UV rays will be able to penetrate the top layer and perhaps have beneficial effects on the psoriatic symptoms themselves.

In the end, there is a wide range of medications for psoriasis. In nearly all cases, individuals will first be asked to try some topical medications that are mixed in with shampoos and soaps. If these do not work, then treatment might progress to stronger chemical compounds. Before occlusion therapy is tried, of course, professionals will need to give the green light for action. With careful attention to the severity of the condition, a dermatologist can try a range of treatment plans that are designed for the patient at hand.

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