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Plaque psoriasis appears as raised red patches, covered with a silvery and often scaly, white build up of dead skin cells. Our office has extensive training and experience related to the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis. While psoriasis is a chronic condition, there are many treatment options available to patients that can dramatically improve the quality of life and even clear the condition for periods of time.
If you feel that you may have psoriasis or if you have been diagnosed with psoriasis but have not been receiving appropriate treatment, please call our office at (248) 682-9611 to set up an appointment. We use the latest treatment techniques including Biologics, Phototherapy, Enbrel, Humira and Stelara.
Treatments for Psoriatic Disease
Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) treatments aren’t one-size-fits-all, and that’s a good thing. It means that you can work with your health care provider to find the right psoriasis treatment — or combination of psoriasis treatments — for you that reduces or eliminates your symptoms. Staying up-to-date with what’s new and what your options are when it comes to treatment can help.
PsA can affect one in three patients with psoriasis. But treatments for it are available and can help relieve pain, reduce swelling, help keep joints working properly, and possibly prevent further joint damage. Your health care provider will recommend treatments based on the type of PsA, its severity, and your reaction to treatment.
Topical treatments are applied to the skin and are often the first treatment recommended to a newly diagnosed person. Topicals can be purchased over the counter or by prescription.
Phototherapy, or light therapy, involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis under medical supervision. Phototherapy is administered in a health care provider’s office, clinic, or at home with a phototherapy unit.
Systemic treatments are prescription drugs that are taken orally, by injection or by infusion and work throughout the body. Systemics are typically prescribed for moderate-to-severe psoriasis and PsA.
Complementary and Integrative Medicine
Complementary and integrative medicine is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional, or Western, medicine.
Source: The National Psoriasis Foundation – https://www.psoriasis.org/treatments-for-psoriatic-disease/