At this time, a cure for psoriasis does not exist; however, there are treatments that can improve this skin condition for periods of time. In addition, research scientists are learning more about psoriasis by studying genes and possible new treatment options.
Can Psoriasis Be Cured?
There is no psoriasis cure. However, there are treatments that can improve the condition for periods of time. Psoriasis treatment that works very well in one person may have little effect in another. Thus, doctors often use a trial-and-error approach to find a treatment that works, and they may switch treatments periodically (for example, every 12 to 24 months) if a treatment does not work or if adverse reactions occur.
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Don't Believe the Hype About a Psoriasis Cure
Numerous Web sites profess to have a cure for psoriasis. Unfortunately, at this point, the best that someone with this condition can hope for is long-term reduction of symptoms of psoriasis.
Researching a Cure for Psoriasis
While there is no cure, psoriasis research scientists are learning more about the disorder by studying:
- New treatments that help skin not react to the immune system
- Laser light treatment on thick patches.
Significant progress has been made in understanding how psoriasis is inherited. A number of genes involved in psoriasis are already known or suspected. In a multifactor disease (involving genes, environment, and other factors), variations in one or more genes may produce a greater likelihood of getting the condition. Research scientists are continuing to study the genetic aspects of psoriasis.