Moderate to severe psoriasis would benefit from the specialized care that a dermatologist can provide. If you feel that you would benefit from seeing a dermatologist, you should find out if there is one in your area. Find a dermatologist
Remember that you often require a referral from your family doctor to see a dermatologist.
Systemic medications or ultraviolet light therapy will likely be recommended for you. Systemic medications include biologic therapies (biologics) and oral medications (cytotoxic drugs, immunosuppressants, and oral retinoids). Ultraviolet light therapy can be done with either UVA or UVB rays.
Oral medications (which are taken by mouth) deliver medicine throughout the body rather than to just one small area. Also known as “Biologics”, they are most often used by people who don’t respond to other treatments, or those who have moderate to severe psoriasis.
Biologic therapies are another type of “systemic” medication, but instead of delivering medicine throughout the body like oral options do, biologic therapies (or “biologics”) act on specific systems within the body. They are administered by injection or by intravenous (IV) infusion. Biologics are most often used by people who don’t respond to other treatments, or those who have moderate to severe psoriasis.
Ultraviolet light therapy
Ultraviolet light therapy, also called “targeted phototherapy,” involves exposing the affected skin to ultraviolet light under medical supervision. It may be recommended if topical treatments aren’t effective on their own.