-Topical corticosteroids (steroids) are very useful and often first line treatment for limited or small areas of psoriasis. These come in many preparations including sprays, liquid, creams, gels, ointments, and mousses. Steroids come in many different strengths; stronger ones are used for elbows, knees, and tougher skin areas while milder ones are used for areas like the face, underarms, and groin. These are usually applied once or twice a day to affected skin areas.
The light source needs to be directly applied to the target tissue for a specific amount of time. For surface skin treatments, the light is easily directly applied to the area of the skin where the photosensitizer drug has been applied ( such as face, scalp, arms, etc.).
For internal cancers, delivering the light to the desired area is more challenging. The light may be delivered through small fiber optic cables into the body cavity or area being treated. Sometimes endoscopes ( a thin lighted elongated tube which is inserted into a body space) are used to deliver the light into the lungs, stomach, or bladder.
Hyperkeratosis: Thickening of the keratin layer of the skin.
Your decision on the best treatment choice may depend on different factors such as the location and type of skin lesions, your past treatments, your overall health, and level of comfort. Your physician can help you sort through the different treatments and assist in your shared decision making process. However, the right decision for you is always yours and your doctor’s to make.
Generally, there is not much of a problem with other health issues and PDT is safely performed in many thousands of people annually worldwide.
The human skin is the outer covering of the body
• The risks and potential benefit of medications have to be considered for each type of psoriasis and the individual patient. Some patients are not bothered at all by their skin symptoms and may not want any treatment. Other patients are bothered by even small patches of psoriasis and want to keep their skin clear. Everyone is different and therefore treatment choices vary depending on the patient’s goals and expressed wishes.
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• Topical ( skin applied) medications include topical corticosteroids, vitamin D analogue creams (Dovonex), topical retinoids (Tazorac), moisturizers, topical immunomodulators ( tacrolimus and pimecrolimus) coal tar, anthralin, and others.
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• For moderate to severe disease that involves much larger areas of the body (like 20% or more of the total skin surface) topical products may not be effective or practical to apply. These cases may require systemic or total body treatments such as pills, light treatments, or injections. Stronger medications usually have greater associated possible risks.
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-Anthralin is available for topical use as a cream, ointment, or paste. The stinging, possible irritation, and skin discoloration may make this more problematic to use. Anthralin may be applied for 10-30 minutes to psoriatic skin.
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• For mild disease that involves only small areas of the body (like less than 10% of the total skin surface), topical (skin applied) creams, lotions, and sprays may be very effective and safe to use. Occasionally, a small local injection of steroids directly into a tough or resistant isolated psoriasis plaque may be helpful.