Psoriasis Treatment by MarijanStefanovic

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									Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis is a little known disorder that can greatly affect the lives of
people suffering from it. Although far from being life threatening,
psoriasis can have more of an affect on the quality of life of the
person. Effective treatment depends on how affected the person with
psoriasis is.

Common Treatment
The main characteristic symptom of psoriasis is the sudden growth of red,
scaly and inflamed patches of skin anywhere on the body. Treating this
abnormal skin growth is the primary treatment for the disease. But there
are other features of the disease that may also affect a person
psychologically.

The most common treatment for psoriasis is the application of topical
ointments and creams that can help minimize the spread of the unsightly
scaly skin patches associated with the disease. Topical applications
usually become effective during the initial phases of psoriasis. The skin
growth usually reacts positively to ointments and creams and may
disappear after some time.

Secondary Treatment
There are times when recurring psoriasis starts to build a specific
resistance to previous treatments after a while. When the topical
treatment no longer provides the desired results, doctors venture into
secondary forms of treatment. This type of treatment usually involves
exposing the skin to ultraviolet radiation. This form of treatment is
more commonly known as phototherapy.

After awhile, even phototherapy fails to provide the desired effect. This
is when doctors resort to using the systemic treatment approach. This
type of treatment involves the use of certain medications usually taken
internally by pill or by injections. There are times when antibiotics are
employed as treatment for psoriasis growths. But this is only used when
the psoriasis outbreak is a direct cause of a bacterial infection, such
as when a person is suffering from a strep throat infection. Some
infections caused by the Streptococcus bacteria can also lead to an
outbreak of psoriasis in some people.

Rotation Treatment
Because psoriasis can become resistant to treatments over time, many
doctors usually offer the various treatment options in rotation. This is
done in order to avoid certain people from developing a resistance to the
treatments that will make the disease harder to treat over time. Most
doctors do not rely mainly on a single treatment but rather make use of a
combination of different treatments for psoriasis.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy
People who suffer from psoriasis not only suffer from the physical
effects of the disease. Some people may also be greatly affected by the
disease psychologically. Some of the scaly skin patches associated with
psoriasis can grow to become unsightly. It can easily make some people
feel embarrassed about their condition and may start to feel insecure
about themselves. Cognitive behavior therapy is usually employed along
with the traditional treatments of the disease as a means to help people
cope up with the psychological stress as well as the disability usually
brought about by psoriasis.

Effective treatments for psoriasis usually depend on the diagnosis of the
doctors. There is no single treatment that can work effectively for all
people suffering from psoriasis. As there can be different triggers and
causes of the disorder, doctors might need to evaluate and assess each
case before providing the best means of treatment.

								
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