If you've just been diagnosed with psoriasis, you'll be eager for treatments to start working as soon as possible so that your symptoms clear up quickly. But just what can you expect from your psoriasis treatment?
No matter what type of psoriasis you've been diagnosed with, how severe your symptoms are, or what type of treatment you've been prescribed, it's important to bear in mind that it can take a little while to see a noticeable improvement.
Although some treatments kick in faster than others, generally, there's no quick fix for tackling psoriasis, so being patient, remembering to take medication and regularly consulting with your doctor can help to get where you want to be.
In some cases, treatments can take several weeks before improvements to your skin are noticeably visible, but in other cases, it can take between three and six months for skin to completely clear up.
Since psoriasis affects people in different ways, the treatment you may be given is often tailored to your specific symptoms. There may be an element of trial and error involved with your treatment initially, until you find something that works best for you.
It's important to have regular contact with your doctor or skin specialist as you start a treatment regime, so it can be monitored, and adjusted, if necessary. Often, whether you decide if a treatment is working or not largely depends on what you expect it to achieve. For some people, this may involve reducing redness or itchiness, while others may want a treatment that totally clears up their skin.
With any psoriasis treatment, you also need to watch out for side effects. Your doctor will explain what these might be before you start taking any medication or using any creams. Often, there are no side effects, or they may be mild, such as causing peeling of the skin, but in some instances, side effects may be serious.
More serious complications tend to occur the stronger the medication is, especially if you are taking drugs that may be used to suppress the immune system. When deciding on what treatment to use to tackle this skin disease, your doctor will always weigh up the potential side effects against the benefits of the particular treatment for your symptoms.
The good news is, there are lots of different treatment options that you can try, so finding something that works for you shouldn't pose a problem.
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