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I have psoraisis. What is the best and updated medicine available? Help!

By Anonymous October 27, 2011 - 7:13am
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It is so irritating having this awful skin problem. I understand it's incurable but it can be controlled.

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question. I can imagine how you must be feeling. Treatment for Psoriasis can be through topical treatments, light therapy and systemic medications.
Tropical Treatments: Used alone, creams and ointments that you apply to your skin can effectively treat mild to moderate psoriasis. When the disease is more severe, creams are likely to be combined with oral medications or light therapy. Topical psoriasis treatments include: Topical corticosteroids. These powerful anti-inflammatory drugs are the most frequently prescribed medications for treating mild to moderate psoriasis. Vitamin D analogues. These synthetic forms of vitamin D slow down the growth of skin cells.
Light therapy (phototherapy)
As the name suggests, this psoriasis treatment uses natural or artificial ultraviolet light. The simplest and easiest form of phototherapy involves exposing your skin to controlled amounts of natural sunlight. Other forms of light therapy include the use of artificial ultraviolet A (UVA) or ultraviolet B (UVB) light either alone or in combination with medications. like: Sunlight, Narrowband UVB therapy,Combination light therapy.
Oral or injected medications:
Because of severe side effects, some of these medications are used for only brief periods and may be alternated with other forms of treatment. Retinoids. Related to vitamin A, this group of drugs may reduce the production of skin cells if you have severe psoriasis that doesn't respond to other therapies. Methotrexate. Taken orally, methotrexate helps psoriasis by decreasing the production of skin cells and suppressing inflammation. Cyclosporine. Cyclosporine suppresses the immune system and is similar to methotrexate in effectiveness.
It's best to talk to your doctor and letting him choose the best treatment for you.
Here's a link on Psoriasis which can help.

Best of luck,

October 27, 2011 - 8:49am
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