Psoriasis Treatment: What Is It Like?

Psoriasis can flare up unpredictably. Some may see clear or almost clear skin during these periods when psoriasis calms down. The condition can also come and go unexpectedly. If you treat psoriasis, you can prevent serious flares and prevent it from becoming worse.

A dermatologist's appointment is necessary to keep your psoriasis under control. You also need to follow your treatment plan and understand what triggers your psoriasis. Once you recognize your triggers, you can avoid them. The type of treatment you need may change as your treatment continues. In certain cases, different treatments may be required to:

  • Keep your psoriasis stable, nearly clear, or clear
  • Control a flare-up At times, treatment may result in clear skin and no symptoms of psoriasis. 

Remissions can last for months or even years; however, most last between 1 and 12 months. As psoriasis is notoriously unpredictable, it is impossible to predict who will experience remission and how long it will last. Even if psoriasis clears, it is likely to return. There are three possible outcomes when you stop treating your psoriasis:

1. There is a possibility that you will remain clear of psoriasis symptoms (remission).

2. It is possible that your psoriasis will return, looking and feeling much like it did before (relapse).

3. Psoriasis may return and worsen (rebound).

When you stop taking your medication, how well you manage your psoriasis triggers, and your medical history determine what happens.

Consult your dermatologist before stopping psoriasis treatment

You may want to stop treating psoriasis at some point since it is a lifelong disease. Consult your dermatologist before stopping treatment. While some treatments can be stopped right away, others need to be stopped slowly to prevent psoriasis from rebounding (relapsing). When psoriasis rebounds, it may become more serious. A person with plaque psoriasis may suddenly develop pustular psoriasis or erythrodermic psoriasis.

If you want to avoid a rebound, you should talk to your dermatologist. Your dermatologist can tell you whether to stop the treatment abruptly or gradually. Sometimes, switching to a different treatment can be the best approach. Explain the reasons why you want to stop treatment to your dermatologist. Your dermatologist may be able to help you determine your next steps based on this information. 

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The information contained above is intended for general reference purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professionals before starting any new treatment. Health information on this website MUST NOT be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of your doctor.

Friday, March 17, 2023