- About Pso
- Pso treatments
- Living with Pso
- Speaking to my doctor
There isn’t a cure for psoriasis (Pso) at the moment, but the right treatment for you could help manage your symptoms.1 What works well for one person might be different for someone else, and this can change over time, so it’s important to know what your options are.1,2 That way, you can have an informed conversation with your healthcare professional – take a look at our tips to help you during your appointment.
For your treatment to stand the best chance of working, it’s important to take it exactly as your doctor has advised you to, even if you don’t have symptoms at the moment.1,2 If you have any concerns, or think your treatment isn’t managing your Pso as desired, or as well as it once did, please speak to your healthcare professional.3 Some people may worry that speaking up about dissatisfaction or concerns with treatment could mean that they end up with something worse – or nothing at all.4 But it’s really important to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor.3
“It’s taken a lot of time to find out what works for me and to feel comfortable in my own skin.”*
There are lots of treatments out there, so it may take a little time to find the best match for you.5,6 What you’re prescribed may depend on:
- The type and severity of your disease7,8
- Your lifestyle and plans7
- How often you’d like to receive treatment9
- The balance between the risks and advantages of the treatment9
- Your age and general health, including comorbidities (other conditions you may suffer from)7,10
- Interactions with other medicines you’re taking10
- If you’re pregnant or you want to be7,10
If you’re one of the 1/3 of people with Pso who also have psoriatic arthritis,11 your rheumatologist and dermatologist may work together to help decide your treatment12
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*Representative of patient experience
1. PAPAA. Psoriasis: a simple explanation. Available at: https://www.papaa.org/learn-about-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis/common-questions/psoriasis-a-simple-explanation/ Accessed: June 2020.
2. AAD. How long will I have to treat my psoriasis? Available at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis/treatment/medications/how-long Accessed: June 2020.
3. NHS. Living with psoriasis. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/psoriasis/living-with/ Accessed: June 2020.
4. Trettin B, et al. BJD 2020; DOI: 10.1111/bjd.18876.
5. NHS. Psoriasis treatments. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/psoriasis/treatment/#:~:text=Steroid%20creams%20or%20ointments%20(topical,from%20mild%20to%20very%20strong. Accessed: June 2020.
6. WebMD. Is your psoriasis treatment working? Available at: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/features/treatment-effective#1 Accessed: June 2020.
7. Gisondi P, et al. Int J Mol Sci 2017;18(11):2427.
8. Mayo Clinic. Psoriasis. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355845 Accessed: June 2020.
9. Aldredge LM and Young MS. J Derm Nurses’ Ass 2016; 8(1):14-26.
10. WebMD. Systemic treatments for psoriasis. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/other-medications-for-psoriasis Accessed: June 2020.
11. Bagel J, Schwartzman S. Am J Clin Dermatol 2018;19:839-852.
12. AAD. Psoriatic arthritis treatment. Available at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis/psoriatic-arthritis-treatment Accessed: June 2020.