The skin takes about a month or more to mature. But people with psoriasis experience skin maturity in as fast as three days. This should be good news for those who suffer constant wounds. However, this is not the case because psoriasis causes skin maturity too fast that dead skin cells accumulate on the skin. These appear as raised, silvery, and inflamed patches on the skin. Although psoriasis is not contagious, the mere appearance of the patches makes it seem like an icky skin disease.
The cause of psoriasis is unknown, making it more difficult to treat. But studies show a close relation of it to patients’ genetics. So, treatment for it is actually non-existent. But there are ways to manage the symptoms of psoriasis like the ones below:
- Moisturizers. Applying a good moisturizer will soften the scales and reduce the discomfort felt by the patient. Any moisturizer will do as long as it will be compatible for your skin. But to be safe, better stick with moisturizers made for sensitive skin. Hypo-allergenic and fragrant-free brands will be best. Homemade moisturizers are effective for some patients, too.
- Steroid ointments and creams. These are also topical solutions for the psoriasis symptoms, especially for the inflammation. You’ll find steroid ointments and creams in different potent level. Use mild alternatives for mild cases of psoriasis. It’s a good idea to start with mild creams and ointments also before you try more potent solutions.
- Tazarotene. This, too, is a topical solution that specifically targets the plaques caused by psoriasis. Use this only for mild to moderate cases because severe cases will not work much with this.
- Coal tar preparations. Anthralin and other kinds of coal tar preparations are also topical solutions for the psoriasis. They will slow down the growth of skin cells and in turn will reduce formation of patches on the skin.
- Vitamin D3 and other bath solutions. Calcipotriene, oatmeal soaps, and mineral salts can sooth the skin and help in healing wounds and other imperfections caused by the psoriasis.
- Phototherapy. Doctors suggest this therapy for moderate to severe psoriasis cases. Psoriasis symptoms can be treated with various lights like Ultraviolet Light B, Psoralen, Ultraviolet Light A, and Excimer laser. These are usually available at the doctor’s clinic or hospitals. The light helps in healing the psoriasis lesions through photosynthesis. The laser medication, on the other hand, is used to directly treat small psoriasis.
- Biological drugs. These drugs are made from living materials like microorganism, animal, plant, or human. The good thing about these drugs is that they target only the problem areas and not the whole body as what other drugs do. For psoriasis, these drugs select only the chemicals that are causing the psoriasis symptoms. Among the most effective biological drugs for curing psoriasis symptoms are etanercept and infliximab. They block the tumor necrosis factor activities that are causing the psoriasis symptoms. Although effective, biological drugs are expensive and will require multiple injections.
Keeping the skin moisturized by using moisturizing soap or applying creams will be very helpful also. Besides, you need to use soap for self care. Why not use something that could help the skin be moisturized at all times? Also, see a dermatologist immediately especially for severe psoriasis. Most of the tips above are only for the mild to moderate cases. Severe cases need more potent solutions that can be more expensive and more complicated. Only a specialist can help you determine the best solution on your psoriasis.