When you have chronically itchy and irritated skin and go to the dermatologist, you may be relieved to find out what has been causing you so much discomfort. A diagnosis of psoriasis will help you to begin a treatment regimen and make the changes in your life that can finally give you relief from your symptoms. However, you may not know what your current treatment options are for your psoriasis, let alone the potential upcoming treatments in development. Get to know some of these current and future treatment options for your psoriasis so that you can be ready to start feeling better and more comfortable in your skin as soon as possible.
Topical and Oral Prescription Medications
After you receive your psoriasis diagnosis, your dermatologist will likely recommend that you begin taking prescription medications. There are two types of prescriptions available for use to treat psoriasis; topical and oral medications.
Topical medications are applied to the skin when you are experiencing psoriasis flare-ups. There are many types of topical medications that you can be prescribed. However, the most prevalent topical treatment is a steroidal cream. Steroids are anti-inflammatory treatments and can help relieve the itching of your psoriasis outbreaks. They may also work to stop the body from continuing to overproduce the skin cells that make up psoriasis plaques.
Oral medications are often used when topical treatments are not effective enough or fail entirely. These medications primarily affect the body's immune system in an attempt to prevent flare-ups before they occur.
Designer Immune Cells
In attempts to come up with new treatments for psoriasis, researchers and doctors have been exploring how they may be able to design cells that can detect a psoriasis outbreak as it begins. Once these cells detect a flare-up, they could also trigger the release of natural anti-inflammatory proteins by the body to stop a flare-up in its tracks.
Currently, the research has been limited to work on mice but the results of the initial tests are promising and eventually, these designer cells may be available to people who are suffering from severe cases of psoriasis. While more tests and more development is required, the idea that such treatments could one day be available gives hope that psoriasis can one day be completely controlled and flare-ups prevented.
Now that you know a few of the ways that psoriasis can be treated now and in the future, you can get started at managing your psoriasis. For more information, contact a doctor in your area.