Managing Psoriasis

    Soriatane (acitretin) scores high as an oral psoriasis medication—it is currently recognized as the best possible treatment that can deal effectively with all the five forms of psoriasis: guttate, plaque, pustular, erythrodermic and inverse. Soriatane is a retinoid medication that functions by inhibiting specific receptors and thereby boosting the growth of skin cells. It is commonly available in 10 mg and 25 mg strengths and is taken once a day.

    It may take 8–16 weeks for Soriatane treatment to be effective, and up to six months to see marked improvement. During the course of treatment, one may experience a downturn in the ailment, heightened itchiness, as well as redness—all of which subside gradually with continuing usage.

    Do’s and don’ts

    Always keep in mind that psoriasis is a manageable skin condition. Here are a few tips for managing psoriasis and its attendant symptoms effectively:

    • Use an effective sunscreen that can keep your skin moist and protect against hazardous ultraviolet (UV) rays, in case you pan to spend time outdoors.

    • Take a shower or bathe every day with warm water to remove scales. Avoid harsh soaps.

    Psoriasis is a chronic and lifelong disease that has no permanent cure. It is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin and joints. See your doctor to help you get what you need to manage this skin ailment effectively.

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