moderate Psoriasis Vulgaris (Plaque Psoriasis)

Plaque Psoriasis (Moderate Psoriasis Vulgaris)

Psoriasis is a common, chronic, incurable, but treatable skin disorder that causes rapid skin cell reproduction resulting in red, scaly patches of thickened skin. Plaque psoriasis (Psoriasis Vulgaris) is the most common type of psoriasis, and is characterized by red, raised skin lesions or plaques, which are covered in a silvery-white scale. Psoriasis vulgaris affects about 6.7 million Americans.

Symptoms Of Plaque Psoriasis

  • Raised, red patches of skin covered with silver or white scales.
  • Itching, burning and soreness.
  • Uncomfortable cracking, burning, or soreness of the skin.
  • Tenderness to the skin.
  • Stiff or swollen joints.

Plaque psoriasis is a chronic condition with symptoms that come and go. While it is not curable, it can be managed with treatment. Treatment options for moderate psoriasis include topical treatments, such as topical corticosteroids, coal tar, vitamin D analogues, dithranol, calcipotriene and tazarotene. Oral or injected medications, such as methotrexate, may also be used.

Making Lifestyle Changes To Better Manage Psoriasis

In addition to medications, there are lifestyle changes that can help manage the symptoms of plaque psoriasis. To help manage psoriasis, it is recommended to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Avoid triggers like certain medications, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and certain foods that are known to aggravate psoriasis.
  • Avoid activities that could cause injury or skin irritations such as excessive sun exposure, windburn, or other irritants.
  • Moisturize the skin to help reduce scales and redness.
  • Exercise regularly to help improve overall health and reduce stress.
  • Eat a healthy diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fatty fish.
  • Talk to a doctor about additional treatment options.

By making lifestyle changes and managing triggers, people with psoriasis can experience relief from symptoms and improved overall health.