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Topical treatment may prove to be sufficient in treating psoriasis.

Img_Topical treatment may prove to be sufficient in treating psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that causes outbreaks of mild to severe inflammation. Today, there are numerous highly effective therapeutic medical solutions for treating this disorder. Dermocosmetic products can help improve the patients’ quality of life.

What symptoms do your psoriasis patients show?

Symptoms include red, scaly patches with intense flaking.

The intensity, development and location of these scaly plaques greatly vary from one individual to the next. Nonetheless, there are several common denominators: psoriasis is very frequently found on the scalp, elbows, knees, legs and lower back. Patients tend to be greatly bothered by the flaking and itchiness.

What kind of treatments can be given to these patients?

A dermatologist must first assess the disease’s level of severity.

I begin by measuring the lesions’ intensity and size. I then speak to my patient about how this skin disorder affects him or her on a family, social, affective and professional level. Topical treatment may prove to be sufficient. In the more severe cases, I propose phototherapy sessions or systemic therapy, which is more effective.

What dermocosmetic products do you recommend?

Skin desquamation and itchiness may be reduced by using dermocosmetic products.

I recommend moisturising products that contain urea to restore moisture to the skin and diminish scales. I avoid prescribing oily products that can stain clothing as my patients dislike these treatments. In order to eliminate flaky scales from the scalp, it is important to use a shampoo that contains keratolytic ingredients. I also recommend gently cleansing the skin with syndets, especially while taking a bath.

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