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Psoriasis Treatment

What Are the Treatments for Psoriasis?
Despite the fact that psoriasis is incurable, it responds well to many topical and systemic treatments. Even people with severe psoriasis can get relief during flare-ups in about 85% to 90% of cases.

Topical Treatments
Some doctors recommend salicylic acid ointment, which smoothes the skin by promoting the shedding of psoriatic scales. Steroid-based creams are effective, but because they can have harmful side effects, be especially careful to follow your doctor's instructions on their use.

A topical ointment containing calcipotriene, which is related to vitamin D, has proven to be effective for treating psoriasis, especially when combined with a topical corticosteroid cream. But use only limited amounts to avoid side effects.

Coal-tar ointments and shampoos can alleviate symptoms, but some people are vulnerable to the side effects -- especially folliculitis, a pimple-like rash affecting the hair follicles. These medicines should be used only under a doctor's supervision.

Prescription retinoids (vitamin A-related) gels don't work as quickly as steroids but tend to have fewer side effects.

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