Psoriasis is a skin condition that can provide chronic discomfort and cause patients to feel self-conscious about the plaque that develops on their skin. With a proper diagnosis, patients can work with Dr. Betty Bellman of Miami Beach, FL to determine the best treatment option for their needs.
Psoriasis treatment solutions available
There are many effective psoriasis treatments, but the most common treatments are topical medications, phototherapy, and systemic medications.
- Topical medications. Topical medications are the most common psoriasis treatments. They are applied directly to the skin, and they include corticosteroids, or vitamin D analogues. Corticosteroids are the most commonly used topical medications for psoriasis. They reduce inflammation and the production of skin cells. Corticosteroid creams and ointments are available in different strengths and Dr. Betty Bellman will prescribe the one most appropriate for the severity of your psoriasis. Alternatively, patients may also find relief with Vitamin D analogues. This is a type of topical medication that slows the growth of skin cells. They are usually prescribed when other topical medications haven’t worked.
- Phototherapy. Phototherapy is also a common treatment for psoriasis. It involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light. This helps to slow down the growth of skin cells. Phototherapy can be done in a doctor’s office, or patients can buy a light box to use at home.
- Systemic medications. Systemic medications are taken orally and they work throughout the entire body. They are used when topical and phototherapy treatments haven’t worked. The most common systemic medications for psoriasis are methotrexate and cyclosporine. Methotrexate is a medication that reduces inflammation. Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant medication that prevents the body from attacking healthy skin cells. These will work for some patients who have stubborn psoriasis that is not responsive to alternative options.
How do I find the right psoriasis treatment for me?
The best way to find the right psoriasis treatment for you is to work with a dermatologist. Dr. Betty Bellman will help you choose the most appropriate treatment based on the severity of your psoriasis and your individual needs. She will also help you to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Speak with Dr. Betty Bellman today to find out more about the different psoriasis treatments available and determine which one is right for you. Her office is located at 4302 Alton Road, Suite #705 and can be reached by phone to request an appointment at (305) 534-8480.