If you have Psoriasis then you know how frustrating, life changing and annoying it can be. Why… oh why me?? Once you start to get it there is no going back. Just a lot of medicine and covering up areas.
After you have received your diagnosed that you have Psoriasis now what? Usually the doctor will send you to a dermatologist if you haven’t gone there already. They will either hand you a bunch of samples for you to try out (hopefully not). That is not a good way to try out medicine since you need to use it for at least a month or so to see results and those samples do not last that long. So if you see a doctor do that take the other approach and save your time.
Sad news… there is no cure of Psoriasis but great new, you can control it to where you don’t even see it! Yes, you take control!! First of all you have to find the right medicine that works best for you. There is so many out there to choose from and you have to watch out too if you are already taking other medicines you might want to start with a topical first to see if that works. The less in the body the better.
Topical’s: This is usually what they will give you first to see if it will work. It will also start to tell them the how strong your psoriasis is. Topical’s are lotions/ointments/oils that you apply to your skin. Some can be messy and if you have psoriasis in your scalp(like most) this can be difficult it will make your hair greasy and will have to leave it in your hair for many hours, some over night.
Systemics: These kinds of medicines are injected or taken by mouth. More side affects are likely to happen but the overall outcome is better. Since psoriasis is in your blood stream so will be the medicine. Just make sure you take note and let your doctor know if you notice any change or symptoms to your body.
Phototherapy: This can be laser therapy on direct spots. The “light box” that they provide in the dermatologist office or even going to the tanning salon. Yes, this will be the only time your dermatologist will recommend tanning but only for a few minutes at a time a couple times a week. Make sure you use the cheaper beds that has the most UVB rays in it. If unsure ask the tanning salons and they will know. You can use the “light box” at the dermatologist office but they tend to be very expensive and depending on your insurance it sometimes will not cover all of it.
Joining forums to fit your age group really helps with venting and getting opinions of others that have been there and still is there in your position. Nothing is worse then feeling alone. But you would be surprised how many people have this skin condition.
Get the help you need today and go see a doctor! There is relief for you and it can be cleared up.