Skin conditions

Psoriasis

About Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. You usually get the patches on your elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms and feet, but they can show up on other parts of your body. Some people who have psoriasis also get a form of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis.

A problem with your immune system causes psoriasis. In a process called cell turnover, skin cells that grow deep in your skin rise to the surface. Normally, this takes a month. In psoriasis, it happens in just days because your cells rise too fast.

Psoriasis can be hard to diagnose because it can look like other skin diseases. Your doctor might need to look at a small skin sample under a microscope.

Psoriasis can last a long time, even a lifetime.

Symptoms of Psoriasis
  • Itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales
  • Patches usually appear on elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms, and feet, but they can show up on other parts of your body
  • Some people get joint pain and swelling called "psoriatic arthritis"

Top Medications for Psoriasis according to our users

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All Medications for Psoriasis

  • Immunosuppressant > Immunomodulator

    • Enbrel
      (Etanercept)
      Prescription only

      Enbrel (Etanercept) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Humira
      (Adalimumab)
      Prescription only

      Humira (Adalimumab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Stelara
      (Ustekinumab)
      Prescription only

      Stelara (Ustekinumab) works for two psoriatic conditions. It may be somewhat of a hassle because of the injection, but after the first two doses, you only need to take it every 12 weeks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Methotrexate
      Prescription only

      Otrexup (Methotrexate) is a first line treatment for many autoimmune diseases and types of cancer. If you're taking it for a long time, you'll have to get routine blood tests.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Injection
    • Remicade
      (Infliximab)
      Prescription only

      Remicade (Infliximab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but you have to get each dose at your doctor's office and watch out for serious side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
  • Immunosuppressant > Calcineurin inhibitor

    • Protopic
      (Tacrolimus)
      Prescription only

      Astagraf (Tacrolimus) is effective at treating eczema if other options haven’t helped, but its long-term effects aren’t well known. Your doctor will decide how long you should use it for.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Antirheumatic > Biological response modifier

    • Enbrel
      (Etanercept)
      Prescription only

      Enbrel (Etanercept) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Humira
      (Adalimumab)
      Prescription only

      Humira (Adalimumab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Methotrexate
      Prescription only

      Otrexup (Methotrexate) is a first line treatment for many autoimmune diseases and types of cancer. If you're taking it for a long time, you'll have to get routine blood tests.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Injection
    • Remicade
      (Infliximab)
      Prescription only

      Remicade (Infliximab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but you have to get each dose at your doctor's office and watch out for serious side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
  • Antipsoriatic > Biological response modifier

    • Stelara
      (Ustekinumab)
      Prescription only

      Stelara (Ustekinumab) works for two psoriatic conditions. It may be somewhat of a hassle because of the injection, but after the first two doses, you only need to take it every 12 weeks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
  • Anticancer > Antimetabolite

    • Methotrexate
      Prescription only

      Otrexup (Methotrexate) is a first line treatment for many autoimmune diseases and types of cancer. If you're taking it for a long time, you'll have to get routine blood tests.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Injection

Vitamin D

  • Rocaltrol
    (Calcitriol)
    Prescription only

    Rocaltrol (Calcitriol) is the strongest form of vitamin D available, but it's prescription-only and more expensive than over-the-counter alternatives, and you have to get regular blood tests.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Injection

Keratolytic emmolient

  • Salicylic acid
    Prescription or OTC

    Salex (Salicylic Acid) treats a variety of skin conditions, but shouldn’t be used by children or people with kidney or liver problems.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Gel
    • Liquid
    • Shampoo
    • Patch
    • Plaster
  • Urea
    Prescription or OTC

    Keralac (Urea) treats a variety of skin conditions, but shouldn’t be used by children.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Foam
    • Topical
    • Pads
  • Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant > Corticosteroid

    • Triderm
      (Triamcinolone)
      Prescription only

      Triderm (Triamcinolone) works well for itchy, red skin, but over time steroids can make your skin thin and prone to infections.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Cream, gel, or ointment
      • Spray

Medication side effects for Psoriasis

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for back pain.

  • Stelara: 2%
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At this end, no one is expected to have back pain

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have back pain

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Psoriasis

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Stop smoking, and drinking, also exercise. Active body has less episodes per year.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Learn to live with it. It is it a big deal. Keep the effected area motorized. Keep away the effected area from direct sun light.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Otezla
  • It may sound weir but hair conditioner. Put on the effected are, and begin your shower. Let the water during shower clean it off. Don't wash it off by your self. The longer it stays on your body the deeper it will get and keep your skin moisturized.