Measure severity of Psoriasis
Estimate the severity of your psoriasis in order to decide the most appropriate management strategy for you. Some cases are mild, with small localized lesions, but others may cover the entire body and can be greatly debilitating for the individual. People with psoriasis on less than three percent of their body are considered to have a mild case. Those with three to 10 percent of the body affected by psoriasis are considered a moderate case. More than 10 percent is considered the severe case.
Four out of five people with psoriasis considered mild psoriasis, and about one out of five have moderate to severe psoriasis. These categories are useful for selecting which treatments may be most appropriate for each individual. So it is important to understand that even small patches of psoriasis can be very distressing, especially if these areas are on the hands or face. And it is crucial factor remains how patients deal with psoriasis within their own cultural and professional environment
Determine your severity
Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI)
It is the most widely used tool for the measurement of severity of psoriasis. PASI combines the assessment of the severity of lesions and the area affected into a single score in the range 0 (no disease) to 72 (maximal disease).
Depends on how it affects a person's quality of life
Psoriasis is also measured by how psoriasis affects a person's quality of life. For example, psoriasis can have a serious impact on one’s daily activities even if it involves a small area, such as the palms of the hands or soles of the feet.
Extent of lesions
Patients who experiencing lesions on more than 30% of the surface of their skin would be ready to sacrifice a quarter of their life expectancy to live without psoriasis.
How much of your Body affected by psoriasis
For the Severe psoriasis systemic treatments are required to control the disease. And more than 20% of body affected. Very intense local signs with very thick lesions and greater than 10% of body affected may also be considered.
It can grow and spread over large areas of the body. Many doctors gauge how severe psoriasis is, in part, by how much of your body it covers.
- Severe -- more than 10% of the body
- Moderate -- from 3% to 10%
- Mild -- less than 3%
How much psoriasis is red, thick, and scaly?
Red, thick, and scaly psoriasis patches are also plays a part in judging severity. If they are more red and looking patchier then it may be severe. When it is severe, psoriasis lesions can also crack and bleed.
Treatment of Severe Psoriasis
Treating moderate to severe psoriasis usually involves a combination of treatment strategies. Besides topical treatments, your doctor may prescribe phototherapy (also known as light therapy) and systemic medications, including biologic drugs. Phototherapy involves regularly exposing the skin to light, and systemic medications are prescription drugs administered orally or by injection that work throughout the body.