Psoriasis for treatments are getting better with the latest discoveries and the understanding of the harsh disease. Never easy to diagnose, and a lot harder to find the right treatments to control and cure. Almost a like a game of hit and miss, one solution will not fit every patient there before individual treatments or a combination of therapies are required to keep this disease at bay.
This is a small list showing some of the treatments: –
Topical steroids range from low to high or ultra-high efficiency. Ointments are typically more effective than creams that contain the same concentration and same type of steroid.
Doctors generally may start psoriasis patients using low to mid-potency steroids. The strength and base (ie, ointment or cream) of the steroid used may be different according to the location and the type of psoriasis. For example, thick plaques of psoriasis on the elbows and knees may need stronger potencies in an ointment form in order to be absorbed through the thick skin.
A topical steroid may be combine Salicylic acid as this reduces the scaling and can help increase steroid absorption. Otherwise doctors normally use low strengned steroids in very sensitive areas where the skin is thin, for example the genital area, the face (eg, eyelids), and folds (between the buttocks, under the arms and breasts).
The majority of topical steroids are to be found with prescription only. Milder topical steroids (eg, hydrocortisone 0.5%) are available from the pharmacist without a prescription.
What Are the Potential Risks of Topical Steroids?
Steroids have been used effectively for long periods and are very safe when used correctly. However, topical steroids can have some side effects when they are either highly potent or used over long periods, or where the skin is thin and in more sensitive areas.
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