Often a combination of treatments are needed to control psoriasis.
When it comes to my psoriasis, I don’t often have good news to share. Today, though, I can say my skin looks and feels clearer than at any time in recent memory. I woke up this morning feeling great and took less time than usual to take care of my skin before heading out to work.
The last time the inflammation on my skin calmed this much I was taking cyclosporine to manage my psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Cyclosporine effectively controlled my skin conditions at higher approved doses. However, my doctors and I agreed from day one that I should try to find something with fewer and less severe side effects for long-term management.
Treatments I tried over a 12-year period failed to work well enough to allow me to stop cyclosporine completely. Then last summer a new biologic injectable medication called Tremfya (guselkumab) gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, and my doctor and insurance company allowed me to try it. It improved the psoriasis enough to where I could almost stop using cyclosporine.
This August marks the one-year milestone of my trying that new biologic. It also happens to be Psoriasis Action Month. A couple of years ago the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) decided to change the month’s focus from “awareness” to “action.” The idea of the new emphasis is to empower those with psoriasis to take control of their disease.
This message resonates with me because there have been times when my psoriasis seemed to be in control of my life. The repeated failure of traditional and complementary treatments left me dejected and willing to settle with more psoriasis. The following tells the story of how I overcame disempowering barriers and took positive steps to better control my psoriasis over the past year.
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