Conventional Treatments for Psoriasis

Conventional Treatments for Psoriasis
- and why they could making you
You make an appointment to see your doctor because your psoriasis is
flaring. He looks and then whips out his prescription pad to order one
of the following:
A prescription strength topical treatment
Oral and injection therapy
Over the counter drugs
Any of these treatments (or a combination of them) may work fine to
relieve your symptoms and make you feel better - for now. The trouble
with conventional treatment methods is that they rarely work to cure
the underlying cause of this skin condition; and that can leave you
suffering repeat attacks. Still it is important to know what helps are
available, and how they may help - or hurt - your chance of treatment
Topical Ointments
Topical ointments are used at the first sign of psoriasis. If caught early
enough they can sometimes stave off a full-blown attack.
Unfortunately, most people report becoming immune to them when
used often, which makes them useless for long-term use. Still, using the
occasional cream or gel can help relieve some of your symptoms.
Both topical and internal steroids can be prescribed to help ease
psoriasis swelling inflammation and itching.
Immunomodulators (TIMS)
A non-steroidal treatment for psoriasis, TIMS work by inhibiting a key
step in the activation of the T-lymphocyte, a cell found in the immune
system that causes some of the changes seen in psoriatic skin lesions
and plaguing. Oral and Injection Therapies Oral and injection therapies
used for psoriasis are usually reserved for hard to treat cases and
include three main oral and injectables medications:
Methotrexate (MTX)
MTX is a type of chemotherapy drug that has been shown to help
relieve severer psoriasis. This heavy-duty drug works in two major
1. To stop plaque-building cells from regenerating at such a fast
2. To stop inflammation on white blood cells, this keeps psoriasis
lesions from growing.
An immune suppressing drug that was originally used to help transplant
patients beat organ rejection, Cyclosporine helps to inhibit T
lymphocyte production so that scaly plaque is unable to grow on the
surface of the skin.
Oral Retinoid
Retinoid are Vitamin A based synthetic drugs that fall under two main
• Isotretinoins
• Acitretins
Side Effects to Watch Out For When Using
Drug Therapies
Psoriasis drug therapies may offer some relief from your symptoms, but
they can also cause some nasty side effects. Although irritation is the
most common side effects of these medications, a few ones that are
more serious may include thinning of the skin - when left go, this can
become a real health hazard
Stretch marks
Acne like eruptions
Increased lightening or darkening of the skin
Inflammation of the hair follicle
Increased blood vessel formation
Rebound psoriasis
Loss of effect over time (the drugs simply stop working)
One of the most effective (and safest) forms of psoriasis treatment help
is natural sunlight. When used properly (and in conjunction with other
treatment methods), sunlight can help to heal sore and damaged skin
as well as rid the body of psoriasis.
Phototherapy combines UVB and UVA rays with topical steroids or
other ointments for best results. Dead Sea Salts
Although a common psoriasis healing help in Asia, Dead Sea Salt water
is just now becoming popular amongst American dermatologists.
Simply soaking in a bath filled with a cup of these slats can offer
tremendous relief. With so many different types of conventional
psoriasis therapies available, it can be difficult for patients to gauge
whether the relief offered is worth the risk. Discuss both the pros and
cons of all medications with your doctor before undergoing any
psoriasis treatment.
This article is based on the book, "Psoriasis Revolution" by Dan
Crawford. Dan is an author, speaker, researcher, nutritionist and health
consultant who dedicated his life to creating the ultimate holistic
Psoriasis healing solution guaranteed to permanent
ly cure the root of
Psoriasis and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life,
naturally, without the use prescription medication and without any side
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