Psoriasis is a skin condition that is a consequence of an immune system gone haywire. For most of us, it might seem like something quite rare but we are wrong. I hate to burst your bubble but it afflicts more than 5 million people in the U.S. alone. Although, it is not entirely a surprise that it is prevalent in this country because psoriasis often affects Caucasians, it is nontheless surprising that there is a staggering number of people suffering from psoriasis. Yet, not long ago, and for some even until now, it is a disease that isolates the sufferer the world. Living with this disease and not knowing how to deal with it is a serious problem.
A Life With Psoriasis
One of the most famous victim of this disease was director Fred Finkelstein who spent a part of his life hiding away from the public due to psoriasis, until he decided to overcome this socially debilitating effect of psoriasis, and then made a documentary of his life with psoriasis. His movie was a vivid representation of psoriasis patients and his sentiments were echoed by doctors all over who said that besides the disease, another thing psoriasis victims have in common is depression. Who wouldn’t be, right? If you are kept from human interaction due to discrimination and isolation brought on by this disease. However, nowadays, medical advancements, despite not being quite certain of its origins, have developed effective treatments that can help sufferers in coping with psoriasis.
Management of Psoriasis
I personally believe that managing psoriasis involves both an emotional or mental and physical treatment; I think this is the same kind of intervention done for those who wish to undergo cosmetic surgery because psoriasis patients do not only have ravaged skin but a pained soul as well. However, I humbly admit that I am not aversed with the emotional or mental aspect of dealing with psoriasis, what I do know are the FDA approved interventions for its physical effects and they are the following:
Amevive: This is injected intramuscularly by a doctor weekly for 12 weeks. The duration may be extended as needed.
Enbrel: This is an injectable that the patient can do once a week and continuously to sustain results.
Humira: This is another injectable a patient can administer on himself or herself every other week, but one must be checked first for hidden tuberculosis before using this drug.
Remicade: This is administered by a doctor in three infusions during the first six weeks and every eight weeks after during treatment. Patient needs to checked for latent tuberculosis before using this drug as well.
Simponi: Patient can inject this drug on himself or herself monthly but before doing so he or she needs to be checked for latent tuberculosis.
Stelara: Patient is given an 2 initial doses and afterwards will be injected by a professional once every 12 weeks.
I sincerely hope that this helped some people understand psoriasis better and shed some light on the treatments they can choose from.