Take the Psoriasis Quiz
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects millions of Americans. It
can affect people of any age, but it occurs mostly in young adults. It can also show
people in their 50s. Find out more about this disease by taking this quiz.
8. How is psoriasis treated?
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Healthcare providers often use a 1-2-3 approach in treating psoriasis. They may start
with topical treatment. Then they might use light therapy, followed by medicine that
treats the entire immune system. Topical treatments include:
- Corticosteroids or anthralin to reduce inflammation and turnover of skin
- Calcipotriene, a synthetic form of vitamin D
- Retinoids, a form of vitamin A
- Coal tar
- Salicylic acid
- Clobetasol propionate
- Bath oil and moisturizers
Phototherapy, in the form of sunlight or an ultraviolet B light box, causes the
activated T cells to die. This eases the inflammation and slows the turnover of skin
cells. Light therapy also may include the topical medicine psoralen combined with
ultraviolet A rays. This combo is called PUVA. For more severe forms of psoriasis,
healthcare providers may prescribe medicines that suppress the immune system. These
include methotrexate, retinoids, cyclosporine, 6-thioguanine, hydroxyurea, and
biologic response modifiers such as etanercept and adilumimab.
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