When your psoriasis does not improve much after topical treatments, more advanced systemic treatments are called into action. Systemics are often more effective and convenient, although they do have some side effects.
Your doctor will be able to guide you to the right decision based on your individual history and health needs.
Topical or Systemic Treatment for Your Psoriasis
Psoriasis topical treatments are put directly on the skin and get absorbed into your bloodstream.
Systemic psoriasis treatments work to treat large areas of the body and interact with the immune system to ease psoriasis. They are used on psoriasis that is considered moderate to severe.
How Severe is Your Psoriasis?
When you consider systemic treatment, first understand the level of severity of your psoriasis. Doctors say this is determined based on the extent to which psoriasis affects your entire body.
- Mild to Moderate
Less than three percent of your body surface has psoriasis.
three to ten percent or more of your body is affected by psoriasis.
Greater than ten percent of your entire body is affected by psoriasis.
Doctors and dermatologists often suggest that patients use topical psoriasis ointments while taking systemic treatments. The combination offers better results.
Psoriasis and Your Life Quality
Psoriasis has an emotional impact and can include depression. Social isolation is also common as self-image is affected. Have a candid talk with your doctor about what living with psoriasis means to you and discuss problems rather than keeping them to yourself.
Make Your Decision, but First Use Topical Treatments Correctly
When using topical treatments, be sure to apply them correctly. Follow the directions to the letter. That’s the only way you will know if it is working. Even though the topical ointments may be messy and inconvenient, make a good effort to help them work for you.
If switching to a systemic treatment is to your advantage, discuss details with your doctor so that you understand the full scope of the treatment, including the side effects. They will help you understand your options for the best psoriasis treatments.
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