Find out how your dermatologists in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, can get your psoriasis flare-ups under control for the long-term!
If you are noticing red, scaly patches on your skin you may be wondering what’s going on. When these symptoms do appear, you may find them to be unsightly and embarrassing. Most people even go as far as to hide their symptoms under long-sleeve shirts or pants so no one else can see. Even though psoriasis cannot be cured, our dermatologists in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. W. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc, and Dr. Ashley Record, have a variety of ways to get your flare-ups under control!
Treating Your Psoriasis
When it comes to treating your psoriasis symptoms, the goal of any skin doctor is to reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms. This includes everything from inflammation to the red patches on your skin. To accomplish this, there are three main kinds of treatments:
If you are dealing with mild or moderate psoriasis then topical medication alone may be all you need to treat your condition. Those with severe psoriasis may also benefit from topical treatments (e.g. creams and lotions) but they will often be used in combination with other medication options. The purpose of topical treatment is to target both itching and inflammation.
Common topical treatments for psoriasis include,
- Vitamin D
- Calcineurin inhibitors
- Coal tar
- Salicylic acid
Another way to treat psoriasis is through light therapy, a treatment also known as phototherapy. By exposing your skin to natural sunlight, the inflammation and scaling on your body can often be reduced. Although receiving short bursts of sunlight every day can be enough to improve mild psoriasis, you must make sure that you aren’t getting too much sun. This is something we can discuss when you come into our office for a consultation.
Another option is UVB phototherapy, which can also be great for targeting mild or moderate psoriasis. This versatile treatment can target a single plaque or more widespread symptoms, carrying with it the possibility of being more effective where other treatments haven’t been.
Patients dealing with severe or resistant psoriasis may need oral or injectable medication in order to see a difference in their symptoms. Common oral or injectable medications include,
- Biologics (medications that act on the immune system)
Give us a call!
Are you dealing with symptoms of psoriasis? Want to find out how to get your symptoms under control? Then call one of Atlas Dermatology's offices in either Prairieville or Baton Rouge, LA, today to schedule an appointment with us. Dial (225) 313-4560 to reach either location!