psoriasis medicine

This page presents psoriasis from two points of view--the medical and the layman's view of this condition that affects millions of people. Also, while the medical relies mostly on drugs, it does not dissuade patients from embracing the layman's methods for healing, which includes overall lifestyle choices in diet, the lessening of stress, and other factors depending on each patient's situation.

The medical definition of psoriasis and psoriasis medicine:

"Psoriasis occurs when skin cells quickly rise from their origin below the surface of the skin and pile up on the surface before they have a chance to mature. Usually this movement (also called turnover) takes about a month, but in psoriasis it may occur in only a few days. In its typical form, psoriasis results in patches of thick, red (inflamed) skin covered with silvery scales. These patches, which are sometimes referred to as plaques, usually itch or feel sore. They most often occur on the elbows, knees, other parts of the legs, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet, but they can occur on skin anywhere on the body."

Treatment: "Doctors generally treat psoriasis in steps based on the severity of the disease, size of the areas involved, type of psoriasis, and the patient's response to initial treatments. This is sometimes called the "1-2-3" approach. In step 1, medicines are applied to the skin (topical treatment). Step 2 uses light treatments (phototherapy). Step 3 involves taking medicines by mouth or injection that treat the whole immune system (called systemic therapy)."

"Over time, affected skin can become resistant to treatment, especially when topical corticosteroids are used. Also, a treatment that works very well in one person may have little effect in another. Thus, doctors often use a trial-and-error approach to find a treatment that works, and they may switch treatments periodically (for example, every 12 to 24 months) if a treatment does not work or if adverse reactions occur."

The layman's definition of psoriasis and alternative treatment:

"Psoriasis. A common skin condition featuring obvious, dull red or salmon pink, oval, thickened patches covered with silvery scales."

Alternative treatment: "Psoriasis is a common skin condition which is closely associated with stress in the body. Chinese herbal medicine provides effective treatment for the condition. In conjunction with lifestyle and dietary adjustment, psoriasis can be effectively managed without side effects which are often associated with conventional corticosteroid treatment."

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