Improving Treatment Choices for Psoriasis

According to an article in HealthDay, the US Food and Drug Administration reports that our greater understanding of Psoriasis has led to more patient-specific treatment options. Doctors and patients now have a wide variety of factors to consider, including effectiveness, severity of the disease, lifestyle, and other risk factors. Because there is no cure for psoriasis, the primary goal of therapy is to reduce inflammation and stop skin cell overproduction. Doctors tweak their therapies through a step-by-step approach, typically starting with topical therapy for mild cases of psoriasis and moving onto stronger phototherapy or drug treatment for more severe cases. According to FDA dermatologist Dr. Melinda McCord, “Tomorrow's treatments will become even more personalized because the drugs in development now are targeting different aspects of the immune system.”