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"

All Medications for Psoriasis

  • Deltasone
    (prednisone)
    Prescription only

    Deltasone (prednisone) is effective for controlling allergic reactions and conditions involving an overactive immune system. It can quickly make you feel better, but Deltasone (prednisone) can cause serious complications and side effects if taken for a long time.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release pill
    • Liquid
  • Clobex
    (clobetasol)
    Prescription only

    Clobex (clobetasol) is a very strong topical medication that is effective for treating certain skin disorders and psoriasis, but it's expensive and should only be used for a maximum of 2 weeks at a time.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream
    • Foam
    • Gel
    • Liquid
    • Lotion
    • Shampoo
    • Solution
    • Emollient cream
  • Tazorac
    (tazarotene)
    Prescription only

    Tazorac (tazarotene) can be used for a variety of skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and pigmentation but can cause your skin to be irritated. Your doctor and pharmacist can provide tips to help relieve and prevent skin irritation.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream
    • Gel
    • Foam
  • Taclonex
    (calcipotriene / betamethasone)
    Prescription only

    Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) is effective at treating mild to moderate psoriasis but can cause skin irritation.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Ointment
    • Suspension
    • Foam
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Spray
  • Otrexup
    (methotrexate)
    Prescription only

    Otrexup (methotrexate) is the first-choice treatment for many types of cancer and arthritis, but it has many side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Injection
    • Liquid
  • Neoral
    (cyclosporine)
    Prescription only

    Neoral (cyclosporine) is good at preventing rejection of a transplanted organ, and is also used for treating rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Salex
    (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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Gel
    • Liquid
    • Shampoo
    • Patch
    • Plaster
  • Azulfidine
    (Sulfasalazine)
    Prescription only

    Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is used to treat moderate to severe inflammatory bowel conditions. It's also used with other medicines to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Keralac
    (Urea)
    Prescription or OTC

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

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Foam
    • Topical
    • Pads
  • Elidel
    (pimecrolimus)
    Prescription only

    Elidel (pimecrolimus) is good for treating eczema if other options haven’t helped, but its long-term effects on the body are not well-known.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream
  • Myfortic
    (mycophenolic acid)
    Prescription only

    Myfortic (mycophenolic acid) is good at preventing organ transplant rejection, but you’ll need regular blood tests.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended-release pill
  • Protopic
    (tacrolimus)
    Prescription only

    Protopic (tacrolimus) is effective at treating eczema when other options haven’t helped, but its long-term effects on the body aren’t well known.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Ointment
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • 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
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

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?
  • 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.

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