Think of your psoriasis treatment plan as a custom-tailored suit. Not only do you need a unique, personalized “fit,” you may require alterations over time depending how your body changes.
Psoriasis treatment needs are so individualized because it is a systemic, immunological, genetic disease. This means there are a broad range of symptoms, which vary in severity from person to person, increasing or decreasing over time. The triggers also differ between people. Being alert to psoriasis changes is fundamental to successfully managing the condition.
The goal of any psoriasis treatment is to:
- gain initial rapid control of the disease;
- decrease involvement of the body surface area;
- reduce frequency and duration of psoriasis flare-ups;
- avoid adverse effects as much as possible; and
- improve your quality of life and provide maximum satisfaction.
With this in mind, evaluate your psoriasis symptoms regularly, including how your psoriasis is affecting lifestyle choices, from leisure activities to personal relationships. If you're not confident that your treatment strategy is leading to improvement after an initial period of time set by your doctor, don't hesitate to book a follow-up appointment. Take a minute to fill out the Psoriasis Treatment Check-Up Tool.
Cover all the bases
The conversation between you and your doctor should begin with an evaluation of your existing state of psoriasis. This should include a review of physical aspects, including the extent of the disease, specific locations involved, itching, pain, and loss of sleep, as well as a psychological and social aspects, including emotional impact on daily activities. To ensure this discussion is as in-depth as possible, take a few minutes to create a personalized Doctor Discussion Guide.
Evaluate the treatment strategy
Depending on the outcome of your conversation, you and your doctor may need to re-evaluate your strategy on the basis of how your psoriasis has changed. Initially, one type of treatment – topical medication, phototherapy, or systemic medications – may be recommended. If a single treatment fails, another therapy may be tried, several therapies may be used in combination for a specified period of time, or a strong treatment to clear psoriasis rapidly may be used first, followed by a less toxic treatment such as a biologic (which targets the immune system). Making a smooth transition from one strategy to the next requires skillful between-phase therapy choices by your physician, and adherence to the plan by you.
Revisiting treatment with your doctor regularly is vital to effective psoriasis management. Persistence, vigilance, and positivity will ensure any psoriasis changes are mere blips in your long-term treatment plan.
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