Psoriasis is still a mystery to health care providers and researchers. It has been established that psoriasis is a genetic condition that involves the immune system and is neither a bacterial infection nor contagious.
Health care providers have developed new light treatments, oral medicines, and medicines made from living organisms, called biologics. None of these medications are curative and all only treat the symptoms.
Biologics are of particular interest as they work against the disease, stemming its growth in its early stages and offer advantages over other treatments. Biologic indications are recommended for people with moderate to severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This is a viable option for people who do not respond to other treatments and have experienced the harmful side effects of psoriasis.
Topical and systemic treatments can clear psoriasis over a period of time. When psoriasis is intensive then ultraviolet light treatment or phototherapy is attempted on patients. Phototherapy involves exposing the skin to wavelengths of ultraviolet light under medical supervision. Ultraviolet light B (UVB) is an effective form of ultraviolet radiation for treating psoriasis. UVB slows the abnormally rapid growth of skin cells associated with psoriasis. Treatment involves exposing the skin to an artificial UVB light source over a set period of time.
Psoriasis has no predictable pattern of spreading and may manifest in any form. There is no certain technique for preventing psoriasis from appearing. Stress, certain medications or even the weather can trigger particular types of psoriasis. Researchers have learned about the nature of psoriasis and the involvement with certain cells and continue to find a cure.
No single psoriasis treatment works for everyone. It is hard to predict what will work for a particular individual. An open mind and willingness to work along with a doctor to find the best possible treatment goes a long way in the treatment of psoriasis.