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Main Street Cosmetic & Skin is devoted to all aspects of health care have Doctors trained to cater to all needs of the health and well-being of your body. The skin is one of our main focus areas.
The following are symptoms of psoriasis:
• Raised skin lesions, deep pink with red borders, and silvery surface scales. The skin may be cracked and painful in severe cases.
• Blisters oozing with pus, which usually show up on the palms or soles of the feet
• Pitted, discolored, and thickened fingernails or toenails
• Itchy skin in some people
• Skin injuries or sunburn
• Streptococcal (strep) infection, with symptoms sometimes appearing 2 weeks after strep throat
• Cold or dry air
• Certain drug, such as gold, lithium, beta-blockers
• Heavy alcohol use or smoking
Our Doctors may suggest one or several different treatment options.
• Creams and lotions for your skin
• Referral for Phototherapy, or ultraviolet light therapy
• Changes in your diet
• Vitamin or mineral supplements
Creams for your skin include:
• Corticosteroids — reduce inflammation and are often prescribed for mild to moderate psoriasis.
• Salicylic acid — helps slough off dead skin cells. May be used along with other creams or coal tar.
• Retinoids, drugs made from vitamin A — Tazarotene (Tazorac) helps control symptoms by slowing down how fast skin cells grow and are shed. Tazorac is often used with a corticosteroid and with light therapy. Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant within three years should not use it.
• Calcipotriene (Dovonex) — a kind of synthetic vitamin D3 that slows down the rate of skin cell growth. May be used by itself or with other creams or light therapy.
• Cyclosporine — suppresses a faulty immune system.
• Oral retinoids — Acitretin (Soriatane) slows down the production of skin cells. Symptoms may come back after you stop taking this medication. It can cause severe birth defects, so women must not get pregnant for at least 3 years after taking it.
• Biologics — help suppress overactive parts of the immune system. These drugs may be given when traditional drugs don’t work, or when someone has psoriatic arthritis. They are given by injection or infusion (IV).
• Alefacept (Amevive)
• Etanercept (Enbrel)
• Infliximab (Remicade)
• Ustekinumab (Stelara)
• Adalimumab (Humira)
• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — reduce inflammation and pain, especially for psoriatic arthritis. NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve).
• Petroleum jelly — Softens skin, helps it retain moisture.
• Coal tar ointments and shampoos — relieve symptoms. Help light therapy to work better.
• Capsaicin cream — for pain and inflammation relief. May reduce redness, scaling. Main side effect is a brief burning sensation.