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Treating Psoriasis

Is there a cure for psoriasis?

Although medical science has made great advances in the understanding of psoriasis, permanent cures are not yet possible. However, in many, the psoriasis skin can be completely cleared and returned to normal with effective treatment. In some persons where complete clearance is not possible, treatment can improve or control the extent of disease.

Relapses of psoriasis are problems for which there are no easy answers. Avoidance of aggravating factors may prevent or reduce relapses.

Treatment is aimed at slowing down the rapid cell division of the skin. By restoring the skin to its normal condition, the physical discomforts and the socio-economic disadvantages of psoriasis are reduced and this will lead to an improvement in the quality of life for those with psoriasis.

What treatments are available for psoriasis?

A variety of treatments are available. The external forms of treatment include tar shampoo, tar creams, calcipotriol (Vitamin D3) ointment, dithranol creams and ointment and steroid cream. Internal therapy in the forms of tablets includes methotrexate, cyclosporin and retinoids. Ultraviolet light therapy in the form of UVB or PUVA (a combination of oral psoralen and ultraviolet light A) are effective physical forms of treatment.

Recent scientific advances in psoriasis research has resulted in the development of biologic treatment. Unlike other medicines which are made by combining chemicals, biologics are created from human or animal proteins. Biologics are given as injections and treat psoriasis by targeting and blocking overactive immune cells in the body.

Sometimes a combination of treatments may be offered. The dermatologist must plan with the patient the most suitable treatment for that individual. The choice is based on the age, sex, general health, extent of disease, the type of psoriasis and the ability to comply with the treatment program.

Is there any hope that a cure will be found?

Certainly, but this is unlikely in the immediate future. Medical research in treatment of psoriasis is being carried out in many parts of the world. Over the last decade great strides have been achieved in the treatment of psoriasis. Intensive research is necessary not only for us but also for our future generations.

What are some useful tips on managing psoriasis?

  1. If you suspect you have psoriasis, see your physician or dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis as there are many treatments available to manage the condition.
  2. A healthy lifestyle is important. Reducing stress in your life and living and eating healthily can help the psoriasis and also reduces your risk of developing heart disease.
  3. If you are in need of psychosocial support, do let your attending doctor or dermatologist know as they are many avenues available such as support groups that can help you cope with the disease.

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25 June 2011

PAS AGM

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Venue: National Skin Centre

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