Things to consider when choosing a psoriasis treatment
Treatment for psoriasis is a long-term commitment
Keep in mind that psoriasis is a chronic (or lifelong) condition. You should be comfortable with your treatment for psoriasis because you will be following it long-term.
Ask yourself a few questions:
- Would applying a cream or ointment or taking a pill every day fit into my lifestyle?
- How would I feel about self-injecting my medicine every few weeks or months?
- What about going to an infusion centre every few months to have my treatment administered by a trained nurse?
- Can I afford this medication over the long-term? (Will I get financial assistance paying for this psoriasis treatment?)
Some psoriasis treatments are better for certain types of psoriasis and specific psoriasis symptoms
- Which areas of your body are affected?
- What symptoms of psoriasis have you experienced?
- Do you need a psoriasis scalp treatment?
- Do you have mild psoriasis, or is your condition moderate to severe
- Do you also have symptoms of arthritis (possibly requiring a psoriatic arthritis treatment)?
- “Do you need something for your skin?”
Your psoriasis treatment may also offer support services.
Living well with psoriasis means minimizing its impact on daily living. There are some psoriasis treatment options that offer a patient support program. Patient support programs can be useful in helping you get the most out of treatment. Talk to your doctor about the different services each program offers and how they can help you.