Psoriasis - new treatments so you don't need to suffer
Psoriasis is one of the most common dermatologic conditions out there and it can affect people physically and emotionally. Research into the causes of psoriasis and the resulting treatments has really exploded in the recent years and Canadian dermatologists are at the forefront of these efforts.
Edmonton is home to some of the key dermatologists involved in psoriasis research and their experience continues to offer patients in Alberta a real hope for the end of suffering.
There are many traditions treatment options for psoriasis that continue to be popular because they are still very effective in most patients. These include:
A) Topical agents such as lotions, creams, gels or sprays. Among these are: cortisone creams, Vitamin D analogues, salicylic acid preparations, tars or even forms of retinoid.
B) Phototherapy using monitored doses of specialized UVA, Broad Band UVB or Narrow Band UVB. These treatments must be done under the guidance of a physician and the dose of the treatments must be carefully monitored.
C) Oral medications. These agents can include methotrexate, retinoids, cyclosporine, prednisone (only in very select cases), and other immunomodulating agents.
More recently, a new class of medications has become more popular as its effectiveness and safety profile has been better understood and documented.
This class of medications, generally called BIOLOGICS, can be administered either orally, via injections just underneath the skin or intravenously. Although these treatments are considered NEW, they have actually been used for some time. Only experienced doctors are qualified in using them and the promise of significant improvement in psoriasis is great. Many people can experience a huge decrease in suffering that ultimately leads to greatly improved health and quality of life.
As with any medication and most things in life, there are some potential risks and these need to be discussed with your dermatologist prior to initiation of such treatments.
The above information is publicly available from multiple library and scientific community sources and is intended for general information only. It does not replace a visit and a discussion with your family doctor or a dermatologist.
Dr. Sapijaszko and his team are conducting studies to help people with psoriasis. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at 780-424-4440 ext. 3 or email us.
The information provided on this website is for Canadian patients only and is meant for information and education that is based on experience and research.