Psoriasis Treatments Respond Best to Dual Topical Treatments

j0439611People suffering from chronic psoriasis of the skin, a condition that causes thick, red, scaly patches to develop on the skin, have several options for improving the look and feel of their skin including topical treatments and laser therapy.

A recent dermatology study now reveals that two of the most commonly-used psoriasis treatments can actually be used together to produce better results.

Topical treatments are often administered to treat large patches of skin that have not responded well to dietary or lifestyle changes.These treatments are readily absorbed into the skin’s surface, and can help to soothe inflammation and help the skin heal. According to Anne Mason, a research fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York in England, chronic plaque psoriasis can be treated with topical treatments that are applied directly to the skin in a specific sequence.

Although there is no cure for psoriasis, these treatments can help reduce the symptoms significantly.The ‘ideal’ combination for those who suffer from chronic psoriasis involves applying corticosteroid at night, and vitamin D each morning.The vitamin D products help to reduce skin irritation and can easily absorb into the skin in the morning. The corticosteroids help to strengthen thinning skin, and can help with the healing process.

Mason points out that many patients need to continue taking their prescription medication in order to achieve the best results, but they can see significant changes in their skin just by using this day-and-night regimen.

Results of this research were published in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library, one of several publications of The Cochrane Collaboration, an organization that evaluates medical research and reviews studies like these in depth. These findings offer some alternative treatment options for individuals who are suffering from severe psoriasis of the skin.

(Source: Medical News Today)

Further Reading

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  • Topical agents, diet and certain medicines presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting 2010 in Chicago is showing promise for preventing UV-induced skin cancer. Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation, and dermatologists are now encouraging the public to be conscientious about the amount of sun they are exposed to, and taking extra steps to use broad-spectrum sunscreen on a regular basis.

  • Individuals with a rare skin disease called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) can improve their condition with the transfer of bone marrow stem cells. A team of medical researchers has found that bone marrow stem cells can effectively treat the disease and help to repair the skin and speed up the healing process. This skin disease cannot be treated with conventional dermatology procedures.