Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects the skin’s regeneration. The condition hastens the process of skin cycle wherein the extra skin forms a scale like appearance that is itchy and sometimes accompanied with pain. Unfortunately there is no cure for this however, the symptoms are manageable by slowing down the skin’s cycle and changing one’s lifestyle.
Quiting smoking, proper stress management and applying topical creams and solutions are some of the basic treatments that you can do. There are a lot of topical lotions and creams that can be purchased over the counter but there are also some that needs prescriptions.
Here are some of the common topical agents for you:
Moisturizers and emollients- this top the list in managing Psoriasis. It can be easily purchased without doctor’s prescription and it can lessen flare-ups. you buy without a prescription can help control flare-ups.
Salicylic acid- this agent removes the excess skin that causes the itchiness. It varies in preparation. It may come in lotions, gels, soap and shampoo. It is best used with other skin regimens.
Coal tar- this agent can decrease the skin growth and makes your skin appearance better. Note that improper handling or usage of this agent can irritate your skin and stain your clothes and so, better read and follow the instructions carefully.
Steroids (corticosteroids) -this agent has the capacity to slow down the skin’s cycle and manage its inflammation. Weaker formulas for these kinds of agent is made for more sensitive areas like face, neck, groin and armpits. It is better used with other skin regimens. Always use this treatment with doctor’s orders and directions. Using of steriods recklessly can be linked to a more serious health conditions such as cancer.
Anthralin- this is another agent that slows down the skin growth and manage the skin’s inflammation. It is often used with other medications and it doesn’t have serious side effects. However, improper usage of this can lead to skin irritation and clothes and skin staining. Again, always follow doctors order.
What is these things won’t work?
Many topical agents can be irritating to skin and that is why some patients are recommended to switch managements from time to time and some experts recommends to use these agents with other modernized therapy such as phototherapy. Certain cream products which uses modern technology can be more effective like Dermalogica products.
Having skin condition such as this is not easy and it needs attention most of the time. That is why it is very important to know which treatment best fits you. Consult your doctor and get informed.
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