Psoriasis is a skin condition that comes in multiple variations. Perhaps the most well-known type is plaque psoriasis, marked by silver-white scaly patches or “plaques.” These patches can be small and isolated, or they can consume larger portions of the skin’s surface. Topical treatments such as lotions, creams and ointments are often prescribed. However, in more severe cases, these methods don’t significantly ease the condition’s symptoms. For instances when topical methods are ineffective or if the area to be treated is too large to make a topical option practical, advanced treatments can be employed. These types of treatments are biological or systemic, meaning they involve the whole body or system. Take a look at some reasons to consider psoriasis treatment.
About Topical Psoriasis Treatment
Topical treatments are applied to the skin. There is minimal absorption into the bloodstream, so they are limited to directly treating only the area to which they are applied. Common substances applied topically to the skin for the treatment of psoriasis include and moisturizers. If topical psoriasis treatment is the best course of action for you, our doctor will prescribe the best treatment for your situation.
About Systemic Psoriasis Treatments
Systemic psoriasis treatment works by targeting the immune system in order to reach symptoms wherever they may be found. Such advanced methods can include oral prescriptions or injectable biologic treatments.
For those who do not want to receive or have not seen success with medications or topical treatments, the XTRAX® laser can provide an effective alternative. This treatment works by using light beams to target and treat the sores caused by psoriasis.
Levels of Psoriasis Severity
The severity of your psoriasis will be the main factor in the treatment recommended for you. Within the medical field, psoriasis is placed into one of three levels, which are determined by the amount of skin surface that is affected.
• Mild to Moderate: Also known as limited psoriasis, this type consumes only 3% or less of the entire body area.
• Moderate Psoriasis: This determination is given when 3% to 10% of surface area is affected.
• Severe Psoriasis: More than 10% of the body contains symptoms in these cases.
Typically, we will recommend topical treatments for mild to moderate cases. Anything above limited psoriasis is often treated with either biological treatments or the XTRAC®.
If you are interested in finding out which type of psoriasis treatment is best for you, visit our skilled doctors at Integrated Dermatology of Coral Gables. Contact our office in Coral Gables today to schedule your consultation and learn more.