Essay on Ultraviolet and Inverse Psoriasis

1000 Words Feb 16th, 2005 4 Pages

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder, easily identified by its symptoms of white, scaly skin and red lesions, though not so easily cured or understood. In psoriasis, skin cells mature faster than the body can shed them, causing a buildup. Although there are many theories as to what the cause of such a disease might be – genetics, stress, or other triggers – no one is quite sure why the disease occurs, or what could be a possible way to fully cure it. In this essay we will explore the symptoms, types, and effects of this condition, and also some of the known treatments. Psoriasis can occur in anyone, but there are many groups that are at a higher risk. As mentioned above, genetics plays a role. One out of three cases of
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The best plan is to use the corticosteroid (which indeed are steroids, and simply strengthen the skin) aggressively for less than two weeks, and then go through an elongated period of no use so the skin does not get permanently damaged. Tars are also an effective treatment, although most people shy away from them due to their messiness and smell. Purified tars in the form of creams, gels, and ointments are now available, making them much more accessible. Some research has shown that using tars will increase the effects of UV radiation, but it is likely that the treatment will vary greatly from case to case. Anthralin is deemed the most effective of the topical treatments, but again its messiness and staining make it less desirable to use. As with the corticosteroids, if Anthralin is used too often the affected skin will become resistant. A rotating cycle of treatment is recommended, as is the use of many of the possible creams and ointments. Some studies have proven that Ultraviolet radiation can improve the symptoms of psoriasis. UVB, or short UV rays, are used in place of real sunlight. Topical treatments are generally paired with the UVB therapy, which UVA therapy is typically accompanied by oral medications. Many people will find that amount of sunlight they receive has little or no impact on the state of their psoriasis, but in the cases where the light therapy has worked, it seems to reduce the appearance of the lesions greatly. Obviously, the

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