Side Effects of Psoriasis Treatment

which side effects of psoriasis treatment you can expectPsoriasis is, of course, quite a serious medical condition. As a result, it is likely that if you are a sufferer of the condition you will need to start to consider ways in which you can keep your symptoms at bay. You may even talk to your doctor about a few treatment options. However, it is probably worth noting that no matter which psoriasis treatment you opt for, there will be some side effects. We are going to talk about the side effects of psoriasis treatment on this page. Do note that this is not a complete guide to every single side effect that you could possibly deal with. Instead, it is more a ‘rough guide’ to the most common side effects.

Remember; in some cases it is likely going to be better to deal with the side effects then to worry about the psoriasis that you are suffering from.

Corticosteroids

As the name suggests, these are steroids. They are often rubbed directly into the skin (they come in cream form). While they are incredibly powerful, they are not made to be used over long periods of time. This is because they make your skin thinner. Eventually, they will also stop working. Your doctor will only likely prescribe corticosteroids during the most severe flare-ups.

Vitamin D

This is brilliant for ensuring that your psoriasis is cleared up quickly. However, a lot of people have noted that the vitamin D, particularly if they use it regularly, starts to irritate their skin. This means that it could potentially have the opposite effect to what you want!

Anthralin

This is a topical medication which helps to slow down the speed at which your skin cells are growing. This could, potentially, get rid of your psoriasis scales as the skin cells will no longer be turning over quickly enough for them to form.

Now, there are few side-effects associated with Anthralin. The main thing you need to be aware of is that it stains your skin. You should not leave it on there for too long. It will also stain anything that you come into contact with.

Tazarotene

This is made from Vitamin A. This makes your skin more sensitive to the sunlight. You should not use this if you are pregnant as it will increase the risk of you suffering from a birth defect.

Salicylic Acid

This is a topical medication which is, normally, used for getting rid of dead skin cells. The problem is that it is an acid. This means that it is going to be drastically irritating for the skin. If you have psoriasis on your head and you place it there, there is a chance that it could cause your hair to start falling out. This is a problem which is likely going to be reversed once you have finished using the salicylic acid, but it will take a while to rectify itself!

Coal Tar

This is another one of the most common treatments for psoriasis. Coal tar slows down the speed at which the skin cells are growing at. This, once again, means that the scales and the like are kept at bay. It can also help to ease the itching. The problem is that it will dry out your skin a lot. There is also an indication that you will be more sensitive to sunlight if you go down this route too.

Light Therapy

We are moving onto the more ‘surgical’ methods with this one. Light therapy is where ultraviolet light is pointed towards the impacted areas. This will normally be carried out by a dermatologist. While it is generally a safe treatment, some people do report that their skin is burned through this method. There is also a chance that it could lead to skin cancer.

In many cases, light therapy will be combined with photochemotherapy, which is basically a drug which aims to make the whole treatment work better. This can cause you nausea and the like.

Pills and Shots

Medicine is never going to be good to take. In fact, it is often the last resort for a doctor to give due to the plethora of side effects that come alongside it. This includes:

  • Retinoids: these are drugs made from Vitamin A. When you take them, your chance of liver problems will go up. In fact, the risk is so high that you will need to regularly return to your doctor for blood tests. You should not be taking this drug if you are pregnant because it can increase the risk of birth defects. In fact, these drugs are so powerful, you should not be attempting to get pregnant for 3 years AFTER you have finished taking them. These drugs have also been linked to nosebleeds, hair loss, dry skin, and depression.
  • Methotrexate: this drug can cause you to lose your appetite, feel fatigued, or have an upset stomach. In some cases, it can cause liver damage.
  • Cyclosporine: this slows down the speed at which your immune system is working at. Sure, it can cut down on the psoriasis, but since your immune system has been slowed down, you run the risk of being infected from another condition. Long periods of use have been known to lead to kidney damage and high blood pressure.
  • Biologics: this is the final drug we want to highlight. Once again, they will impact your immune system. This can drastically increase the risk of you suffering from a serious infection.

Whenever you start a new treatment plan, it is important that you talk to your doctor who will run you through the risks and benefits of that particular treatment. Wherever possible, it is suggested that you try to go down the natural route. While natural products may have some side effects in certain cases, it is unlikely that they will ever impact you to the point where your health is at a serious risk. There are also plenty of natural products on the market that you can use.

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