Weighing up the benefitsHowever positive you are, there may be times when your condition makes you feel stressed, isolated or just plain fed up. That’s when carefully keeping a strict treatment plan may be the last thing on your mind.
Dealing with side effectsIf you’re experiencing side effects, no matter how minor, you may be considering whether it’s worth sticking to your treatment regime. So how do you make the decision that’s right for you?
Try weighing up the potential benefits of your treatment against the drawbacks. Many people decide that the prospect of easing their symptoms is worth the extra work.
Keep a record of your symptomsTo help you judge the benefits of your treatment objectively, you could try to record any small changes in the way your skin looks and feels. Keeping a diary of your symptoms, or even taking photographs of your plaques, might help you notice improvements that you otherwise would have missed.
Minimizing the inconvenienceYou may also want to consider ways to increase the convenience of sticking with your treatment. Accordingly, you may want to discuss treatment options with your doctor in order to better evaluate which therapy makes the most sense for you.
For example, if you are bothered by the messiness of your topical treatment you may be able to get a new formulation that is easier to apply and not as messy. It might also help you to create a routine around the application of your treatment, where you allow some time for it to be absorbed before getting dressed. If you have lots of plaques to treat you can put down an old towel or sheet to save on cleaning up time afterwards.
When you are thinking about treatment for your psoriasis, you may want to take the same approach. Try weighing up the potential benefits of your treatment against the drawbacks. If you conclude that your current treatment is not worth the drawbacks you should consult your doctor to see if there are alternative options for you.