What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common skin condition causing redness and irritation. Psoriasis causes thick, red skin, with white or silver patches called scales. Commonly these outbreaks occur (but are not limited to) on the scalp, back, knees, and elbows, sometimes in body creases or folds. Psoriasis begins with itchy or irritated little red bumps.
What causes Psoriasis?
Researchers believe multiple factors contribute to the development of the skin disease Psoriasis. It is believed to be an abnormality in the immune system. This causes inflammation and redness, along with the quickly developing new skin cells, which is what gives Psoriasis its distinguishing features. If you suspect you have Psoriasis or have a rash that has not healed, it’s best to contact a health professional.
Advances in Psoriasis treatment
Psoriasis treatment has come a long way in the last decade, new medications, new topical treatments, and light therapy. The latest advances in Psoriasis treatments have made treatment safer, with less side effects, and more effectiveness. One of the advanced biological medication has now become safe for women who want to get pregnant. Biological medication comes from living cells, blocking proteins or T-cells, giving long lasting, more effective results for people with more widespread Psoriasis.
While designing a new anti-tumor necrosis factor for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, scientists discovered the treatment is good for Psoriasis and Psoriasis arthritis patients. Even better than some of the other Psoriasis medications and treatments, they found it to be more effective and to have less side effects. Those latest advancements in Psoriasis treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor include:
- Adalimumab (Humira)
- Infliximab (Remicade)
- Golimumab (Simponi)
- Ustekinumab (Stelara)-which has even fewer side effects and a better chance of working than all the other ones.
Latest advances in Psoriasis treatment such as topical and light therapy are very effective and great for smaller outbreaks. Light therapy, with narrow-B and Ultraviolet B light has been popular and effective. A newer and more effective version in light therapy is ultraviolet A with photosensitizer (Psoralen). Skin topicals now come in more of a variety of forms. In addition to medicated creams there are now foams, sprays, and shampoos. Skin topicals alone can be effective. Sometimes in addition to other treatments, it can almost eliminate all rashes.
Psoriasis can be both devastating and irritating, but with the more recent and latest advances in Psoriasis treatment it doesn’t have to be. These advances in psoriasis treatment ensure reduced signs and symptoms, however, there is no cure so far. If you suspect you have Psoriasis or a rash or bumps that are not showing signs of healing it’s best to see a doctor to talk about treatment options. While there is a vitamin D cream, taking vitamin D does nothing for Psoriasis patients. Even in the most severe cases advance treatments make a significant difference in signs and symptoms.