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Are There Any Side Effects of Psoriasis Medication Treatment?

Psoriasis is a skin condition whose involvement in certain areas of the skin that people can see is bound to be stigmatised. This is the particular reason as to why face psoriasis tends to be such a touchy subject. Imagine having a smooth and aesthetically pleasing face. One day, there was some incident, you might have smoked, drank alcohol, took some prescription strength medication or there was some injury, and this event, caused your immune system to go erratic. As a result, the skin cells started to develop rapidly. Consequently, these new skin cells became visible on your face not as a fresh new batch of cells, but as patchy, inflamed, glossy, and at times, reddish creases. The symptoms of face psoriasis can’t be hidden, especially when they are on your face. Consequently, there are not only physical issues but social issues as well. What makes it worse is that there are a lot of side effects of psoriasis medication treatment especially in the case of face psoriasis.

Are There Any Side Effects of Psoriasis Medication Treatment?

Psoriasis is a well-known condition. This ubiquity has granted this disease a fair amount of research from dermatologists. Consequently, these researchers have come up with a veritable smorgasbord of treatments. These treatments, while many in number, and effective in their application, are not fully without risks. The side effects at a time tend to outweigh the rewards of its effectiveness. These medications and their side effects include the following:

1. Topical Corticosteroids:

Dermatologist prescribes this medication to deal with mild to a moderate variant of face psoriasis. Furthermore, as the skin of the face is thin, the potency of this variant of topical medication is low. However, when the face is involved, patients tend to get paranoid and be extra self-conscious. Over usage of this particular medication can be common in such cases and this can eventually can lead to skin thinning. Furthermore, there comes a time when this treatment becomes ineffective.

2. Synthetic Vitamin D:

Synthetic forms of Vitamin D like Dovonex (Calcipotriene) can cause intense amounts of skin irritation. As a consequence, this irritation would compel the patient to scratch the region, making the psoriatic region even more inept.

3. Anthralin:

A topical medication meant to slow down skin cells, it also has a side effect of irritating your skin if you use it beyond its prescribed limit.

4. Calcineurin Inhibitors:

This particular chemical helps reduce the buildup of plaque and reduce inflammation. However, for long-term usage, this is not recommended as it can elevate the risk of skin cancer or lymphoma.

5. Cyclosporine:

Cyclosporine is an oral medication meant for treatment for severe cases of face psoriasis. However, use it for a long-term and your kidneys would be susceptible to kidney problems. Other effects include hypertension (high blood pressure) and even cancer.

6. Methotrexate:

It is another medication that dermatologists prescribe. However, go over the prescribed limit, or use them for a long time, and you are looking at issues like liver damage, and even symptoms of anaemia.

Now, it would appear so as if we are bashing modern medicine. However, that is not the case. Within the prescribed amounts, these medications are a god sent, for they can provide you with much-needed relief from psoriasis. However, if you read between the lines, you would note that the common denominator of their side effects is that these treatments cannot serve you for a long term.

That being said, there are some home remedies for psoriasis on the face that can give you some much-needed levity from the symptoms mentioned above.

Sagar Papneja

For me, health is about sustainable living and consuming environmentally conscious food; I am a vegan.

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