It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. Psoriasis can show up anywhere—on the eyelids, ears, mouth and lips, skin folds, hands and feet, and nails. The skin at each of these sites is different and requires different treatments. Light therapy or topical treatments are often used when psoriasis is limited to a specific part of the body. However, doctors may prescribe oral or injectable drugs if the psoriasis is widespread or greatly affects your quality of life. Effective treatments are available, no matter where your psoriasis is located.
When to Consider Psoriasis Treatment
The more that you understand the specific type of psoriasis you have, the easier it gets to find the most appropriate treatment(s). Thus, have your skin examined thoroughly as different treatments may be necessary for the various affected areas. Conduct extensive research regarding the available treatments and consult a qualified physician.
Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.
Detailed Procedural Information
Treatment options for psoriasis depend on the following factors:
- Severity of the psoriasis
- How much of your body is affected
- Type of psoriasis
- How well your skin responds to initial treatments
What are my options?
Treatment options for psoriasis include steroid cream or other medicated creams, oral medications, and light therapy. All of these treatments work well, but medications can have side effects and light therapy requires a regimen of three sessions a week for two to three months followed by maintenance therapy.
How do I prepare for a Psoriasis Treatment procedure?
Our surgeon will provide thorough pretreatment instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for treatment.
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
- Keep Skin Moist
- Bathe With Care.
- Stick to the Plan
- Get Some Sun
- Quit Smoking
- Drink Booze Moderately or Not at All
- Consider Diet Changes
- Tend to Your Mental Health
Aftercare and Recovery
Our surgeon will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your postsurgical care, including information about:
Most patients are advised to try to avoid applying makeup or powder directly on a fresh or open wound unless the surface is fully healed. A nonirritating sunscreen such as zinc or titanium may be applied immediately after the procedure before leaving the physician's office. Sunscreens are ideally also applied twice a day after PDT.
Results continue to improve in the three to twelve months after a single treatment and appear to last one year or more.