Of the various types of psoriasis that affects millions of people all around the world, plaque psoriasis is considered to be the most common. It is a skin condition that many people suffer on a persistent basis and one that can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender, or level of general wellness. It causes unsightly patches of raised, reddened skin covered with white scales. Affected skin is also often itchy and painful and may crack and bleed. Mild cases of plaque psoriasis occur in small areas, while more severe cases of the condition may cover a larger portion of the body as affected areas grow and merge together.

The Scaly Situation

The most common psoriasis causes are related to reactions of the immune system to perceived threats. For people with plaque psoriasis, the genes that control and direct their immune system receive mixed signals. Those mixed signals prompt an inflammatory response that causes skin cells to produce at an accelerated rate in an effort to heal and protect themselves.

Common triggers include:

  • Infections, such as strep throat, tonsillitis, bronchitis, earaches, and respiratory infections
  • HIV
  • Use of medications including lithium, blood pressure and heart medicine, antimalarial drugs, and certain anti-inflammatory medications

Plaque psoriasis symptoms generally include:

  • Patchy areas of reddened skin that are inflamed and covered in loose scales that appear silvery or white
  • Areas of irritated skin which most often appear on the elbows, knees, and lower back
  • Changes in the appearance of nails on the hands and feet. They may become crumbly or separate from the nail bed, change color, or become pitted
  • Patchy areas of crusted or scaly skin on the scalp

Attack the Plaque

Unfortunately, there is no cure for plaque psoriasis. However, it can be managed and treated effectively with medications and proper care. Finding effective plaque psoriasis treatment will be determined after the completion of a full examination with a medical professional who will be able to advise you on your options based on the severity of your case and your own medical history. For patients whose treatment of the condition will require medication, a compounded medicine is often highly beneficial, as compounding provides completely customized forms of treatment. Dosage levels can be altered to meet patient needs depending on the severity of their conditions, delivery methods can be changed for anyone with an inability to swallow pills or tablets, and certain ingredients can be omitted in cases of allergy.

While traditional pharmacies will be unable to supply compounded medications, a compounding pharmacy or a specialty pharmacy with access to a compounding facility will be able to provide these specially formulated medications.

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