Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition that will manifest through scaly skin patches. The condition may affect both male and female patients and the cause of this disease is not fully known. The disease may not be treated, but there are several management techniques.
Types of Psoriasis in Men
The number of men affected by psoriasis is similar to the number of female psoriasis patients. In men, psoriasis may take several forms:
- Nonpustular disease, which includes the psoriasis vulgaris, the most frequent type of this disease causing skin inflammation. Psoriatic erythroderma is less frequent, but more dangerous causing skin exfoliation and inflammation.
- Pustular disease, which is manifested through bumps filled with puss. The puss is not infectious, but may cause itchiness and pain.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease and requires constant management. The psoriasis in men may be milder or present more severe symptoms.
Psoriasis Management in Men
There are a few management options that can be applied in men with psoriasis:
- Medication treatment that targets the immune system and blocks the communication of the T cells with the dendritic cells, being unable to cause the psoriasis symptoms
- Anti inflammatory drugs
- Immunosuppressant drugs
- Topical treatment with different creams and rinses
- Daily sun exposure
- Immune system support, as the disease is considered an autoimmune disease
- Changes in diet and lifestyle
- Changes of location, moving to a warmer, less humid climate
The dermatologist will assess each case of psoriasis and determine the most suitable course of treatment.