Psoriasis Treatments

Written by Kimberly Clark
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Although there is no known cure for psoriasis, there are a variety of treatment options that are readily available. The regimens work to effectively alleviate the symptoms, minimize the relapses, and reduce the intensity of the condition. Most doctors tend to employ one of the three methods, or a combination of them, to treat their psoriasis patients. The exact course of treatment prescribed will depend on the severity and locations of the outbreaks.

The first line of defense is usually the application of topical ointments and creams to the infected areas. These prescription or over-the-counter medications can contain steroids, retinoids, salicylic acid, or vitamin D derivatives, as well as age-old remedies such as coal tar. Treatments of this nature can be messy and generally lose their effectiveness if the psoriasis covers more then 20 percent of the body.

For more moderate cases of psoriasis that cover larger portions of the body, regular exposure to both natural and artificial ultraviolet lights has been proven to significantly minimize the symptoms of psoriasis. This form of treatment has been aptly named asphototherapy and includes following specific types of treatment: exposure to ultraviolet lights (UVA), psoralen plus ultraviolet light A (PUVA), laser technology, and sunbathing.

Last Line of Defense

For non-responsive cases of psoriasis, doctors will prescribe what's known as systemic oral medications. Among these are medications such as methotrexate and cyclosporine. However, this is often the last line of defense since many of these medicines can have serious side effects. To avoid getting in a situation where the use of these drugs is necessary, taking immune-boosting dietary supplements is a good idea.


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