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Side Effects of Psoriasis Drugs242 Views
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Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes excessive skin cell growth. Rashes, patches and flaking skin are the most common symptoms. Learn more.
Description: While medication may give you relief from your psoriasis symptoms, you might not know about the side effects of psoriasis drugs. Learn about how these drugs affect your body in this video.
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Psoriasis treatments can relieve your itchy, inflamed skin, But like ALL medications, they do come with potential side effects. Over-the-counter topical medications containing coal tar and salicylic acid have most minor side effects, BUT are usually only effective in mild cases. They can be strong smelling, occasionally cause additional skin irritation, can stain your clothing, and at HIGH concentrations coal tar is potentially carcinogenic. Topical corticosteroid creams can be an important step in fighting the inflammation of psoriasis, but they can only be used for a short period of time. Prolonged use of steroid creams may damage or thin skin, cause skin redness, bruising and discoloration. If you are using very strong topical steroids, they may affect internal organs when used over LONG periods of time. Prescription topical treatments containing forms of vitamin D and A can also effectively relieve psoriasis skin plaques, but these can also cause skin irritation and sun sensitivity. Additionally, if you’re pregnant, you’ll need to avoid ANY vitamin A treatments as they can cause severe birth defects in babies. One of the oldest oral treatments for psoriasis is methotrexate. It’s safe for most patients, but it DOES increase the risk of infection because it modifies your immune system. If you take methotrexate, your treatment should be monitored by your doctor since there is a low chance of liver damage. It is also very important that you do not drink alcohol and avoid certain medications when using methotrexate. However, the BENEFITS of methotrexate usually outweigh the risk – it slows down the growth rate of skin cells by stopping the enzyme behind the process. Methotrexate is one of the most common and most TRUSTED medications for other autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Some of the newer medications, called biologics, which include enbrel and humira, also carry some risks similar to methotrexate. For example, if you lower the immune system, you are at higher risk for certain types of infections. These medications, however, specifically target only the immune system, and tend not to have any impact on the liver or your red blood cells. These side effects SEEM frightening, but don’t worry too much – the medications have been proven safe by the millions of psoriasis patients who use them every day. And, your doctor has your best interest at heart – make sure you discuss any potential side effects before you begin a new treatment. He or she will take your specific medical history in consideration when prescribing your psoriasis medication. For more information on psoriasis, watch other videos in this series.
Psoriasis is a chronic, non contagious skin condition which causes scaling and swelling. This disease is the result of underdeveloped skin cells moving quickly to the surface of the skin and piling up.This high rate is triggered when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, causing the underdeveloped ones to rise up. The severity of the disease depends on the individuals some people are not even aware that they have this condition while others may have their entire bodies covered in red scales. Parts of skin affected by Psoriasis generally feel sore and itchy. Some of the most common areas where psoriasis crops up are knees, scalp, palms and soles. More than five million Americans are affected by psoriasis and though this disease can occur at any age, most of the people who have this condition are adults.
Side Effects of Psoriasis Drugs
Although topical corticosteroidsarethe most commonly used drugs for Psoriasis, prolonged use of this can result in the thinning of the skin. They should only be used when there are actual outbreaks.
Anthralinis believed to regulate DNA activity in skin cells but it can cause skin irritation and it stains anything it comes in contact with.
Topical retinoids are also used to normalize DNA activity and they can cause skin irritation and increased sensitivity to light. These may cause birth defects so women should take birth control if they use topical retinoids.
Calcineurin inhibitors are used in the treatment of Psoriasis as they interrupt the activation of T cells. This decreases plaque buildup, but side effects include skin irritation and prolonged usage may cause cancer.
Coal tar is probably the oldest treatment for Psoriasis and it has very few side effects but it stains clothes and has a strong smell. It’s not very popular anymore for these reasons.
Apart from these there are other treatments such as various forms of light therapy which include ultra violet therapy, UVB phototherapy and photo chemotherapy. These have side effects like skin damage, redness, itching and in some cases even cancer if used incorrectly.
A visit to the doctor is essential if you have been contending with this condition for a while. Make sure you inform the doctor of any medications or treatments you have been on in the past. This will not only help your doctor understand your condition, but will also assist him in recommending a course f treatment for you. Don’t undergo any treatment – especially not UV therapy – without his guidance and permission.