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Why Your Psoriasis Treatment May Need Changing

Psoriasis treatment plans need to be individualized.

Psoriasis does not affect everyone the same way. It may not even affect the same person the same way over the course of the disease. So it makes sense that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment.

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that can wax and wane, says Andrea Neimann, MD, a clinical associate professor in the Ronald O. Perelman department of dermatology at New York University Langone Health in New York City. A patient’s treatment may evolve according to several variables, such as how clear his or her skin is, side effects of drugs, and whether the disease is stable, improving, or worsening.

Matching Psoriasis Treatment and Need

“We pick a therapy that is appropriate to the burden of disease and how troubled a patient is [by their disease],” says Whitney A. High, MD, an associate professor and the director of dermatopathology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora. Treatment decisions are driven, in large part, by how much of the body is affected and where.

“If the disease affects a limited amount of body surface, we typically address it with topical therapies,” says Heather Wickless, MD, MPH, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She describes limited disease as psoriasis on less than 10 percent of your body, or fewer than 10 palm-size areas. According to a study published in March 2014 in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 75 to 85 percent of psoriasis patients have limited areas of involvement.

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