At Midwest Dermatology, our physicians first confirm that the symptoms you are experiencing are, in fact, psoriasis. Then, they consider the severity of the psoriasis and where it is on the body. This results in an individualized treatment plan that may include:
- Topical medications, including gels, lotions and creams that work on the skin’s surface to control psoriasis symptoms.
- Medicated shampoos and solutions to treat psoriasis on the scalp.
- Oral medications derived from Vitamin A that help control moderate to severe psoriasis.
- Biologic medications – injectable protein based drugs derived from living cells, cultured in a laboratory. These highly effective medications work at the immune system level to target the proteins that cause inflammation and excess skin cell production.
- Light therapy, including:
- Narrow- and broad-band ultraviolet B light therapy. UVB rays are present in natural sunlight and have been proven effective as a treatment for psoriasis. The difference between narrow and broad band UVB treatment is the range of the ultraviolet light that is released.
- PUVA therapy, which combines ultraviolet A light therapy with a light-sensitive drug called psoralen, which is taken by mouth.
Because psoriasis symptoms and triggers vary significantly from person to person, some patients may benefit from Midwest Dermatology prescribing a combination of the therapies described above.