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Psoriasis Treatment Information
Treatments for psoriasis vary according to the seriousness of your condition. You can buy some effective topical (on the skin) treatments without a prescription. These include:
- Salicylic acid. This drug causes the outer layer of the skin to shed. As a result, plaques peel and become thinner.
- Lubricants. Thick lotions seal moisture inside the skin. They reduce redness and itching, and slowly diminish plaques.
- Bath oils and other bath solutions. Products such as Epsom salts and oilated oatmeal can soothe itching. Moisturizers after your bath help, too.
We can also prescribe more powerful topical treatments to reduce the size of scales and soothe the itching caused by psoriasis. Some of the most important of these are a class of drugs called corticosteroids. These drugs reduce inflammation and can be a very effective treatment for psoriasis. Corticosteroids can produce side effects, however, so we do not usually prescribe them for long periods of time.
Careful use of ultraviolet (UV) light through light therapy can also reduce the size of plaques.
For large plaques and psoriatic arthritis, we often use systemic drugs. You can take some of these drugs orally; others we give you by injection. Systemic treatments can have unwanted side effects. We help you understand the benefits and risks of these drugs and plan your treatment to have the best long-term outcome for you. Systemic treatments include:
- Methotrexate. This drug suppresses the immune system and slows the production of skin cells. Suppression of the immune system may leave you vulnerable to infections your body could normally resist.
- Cyclosporine. This drug is also an immune system suppressant: it can cause kidney problems and high blood pressure.
- Biologics. These are a new class of drugs that affect specific aspects of the immune system. We monitor their use very closely because they can result in cancer and serious disorders of the nervous system and blood.
Part of your treatment includes helping you learn routines and adaptations that help control the plaques. Psoriasis is not curable, but our treatments can help you minimize its effects on your life.
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Psoriasis Support Services
To manage your psoriasis, it is important to learn all you can about the condition. These websites offer information and support resources you may find valuable.
A Sampling of Psoriasis Support Services
National Psoriasis Foundation
This website contains a wealth of information about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. There are also updates on current research and a database of clinical trials.
This is an online support community for people with conditions similar to yours. You can find support and offer support to others.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
This U.S. government website provides well-organized information about psoriasis. It can help you prepare questions for your doctor.