Systemic psoriasis: If you are dealing with this sometimes-debilitating skin condition, psoriasis treatments are an option that can help you easily control the severity of your symptoms, assuaging your discomfort and greatly improving your quality of life.
Unlike many traditional treatments for this skin condition, psoriasis treatments are medications that essentially treat the whole body to help control the spreading, flare ups, symptoms and appearance of the condition rather than using topical options to treat it locally.
This variety of treatment is especially helpful to patients who suffer from severe and extreme cases of psoriasis that are resistant to less aggressive forms of treatment and that cover more than 10 percent of the patient’s body.
Depending on the type and variety of systemic treatment that is prescribed, it will either be administered to you orally or as an under the skin injection. Some of the drugs are administered once weekly, while other varieties of the medicine are taken daily. Some of these medication options include:
As with any medical treatment and medication, side effects may occur in certain people. If you are experiencing odd symptoms during the course of your treatment, visit with your doctor as soon as possible to avoid potentially hazardous complications. Side effects that have been reported as a result of systemic treatment include:
While many of these reactions are minor and not life threatening, be sure to report any oddities to your physician to be sure that you are not reacting adversely to the treatment.
If other varieties of topical creams, steroids and medications have not helped you get your psoriasis under control, treatment is definitely an option to consider.
Persons who have a form of psoriasis that effects more than 10 percent of their bodies, who are not pregnant and who are free of other diseases are perfect candidates for this treatment and will likely see a huge impact on the relief of their symptoms.
If this course of treatment is something in which you are interested, speak with your doctor to determine whether a variety of systemic treatment may be helpful to your condition.
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