Psoriasis Treatments

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Although psoriasis is a chronic long term condition with no cure, it can be controlled and go into remission (go away). Not all people will be affected in the same way and doctors will class the condition as mild, moderate or severe. The following are the different types of treatments you may be offered.(Please note these are listed alphabetically and not in the order use, and is for reference only. Always follow your health care provider's advice)


Antifungals

Antifungal agents in psoriasis care are typically used to treat seborrhoeic dermatitis (a flaky white-yellowish skin condition) and scalp psoriasis... read more


Antihistamine

This is a medication used to relieve itching, which can be a problem for some people with psoriasis. It works by blocking the release of histamine...read more


Biologic Agents

Biologic agents are made from biological (human or animal based) proteins rather than artificial chemicals, much in the way that insulin was made from animal sources in the past... read more


Coal Tar

Coal tar therapy has been used for more than a century in dermatology. It is a topical (applied to the skin) treatment mostly used for acute (short-term) scalp psoriasis... read more


Combination Therapies

Sometimes clinicians will prescribe a product containing one or more active ingredients with different functions. This may be in order to simplify the number of treatments being applied at any one time or because the active agents are more effective when combined....read more


Dithranol

Dithranol has been used for more than 100 years in the treatment of psoriasis. It is a chemical of plant origin, taken from the bark of the South American araroba tree.... read more


Emollients

Emollients soothe, smooth and hydrate the skin and are used for all dry or scaling disorders. Their effects are short-lived and they should be applied frequently, even after improvement occurs. They are useful in dry and eczematous disorders; less so for psoriasis, although they can help with reducing itchiness and removing scale... read more


Immunosuppressant therapies

Methotrexate was discovered to be effective in clearing psoriasis during the 1950s and was eventually approved for this use in the 1970s. In psoriasis, methotrexate works by preventing the excessive division and multiplication of the skin cells that cause skin scaling and raised plaques...read more


Phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitors

This is an anti-inflammatory oral treatment (tablets) that works by reducing enzymes in the body called phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitors (PDE4), which are involved in the inflammatory process seen in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis... read more


Phototherapy

Ultraviolet light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is the use of ultraviolet light to treat certain skin conditions. When used to treat psoriasis, either UVA or UVB light can be used. ... read more


Retinoids

Retinoid is a derivative of vitamin A and can be used both orally and by direct application to the skin. It should not be confused with the vitamin A products bought from chemists or supermarkets as vitamin supplements...read more


Steroids

Topical corticosteroids are used for the treatment of inflammatory conditions of the skin (other than those arising from an infection) and are safe if used correctly. They are effective in conditions such as eczema and psoriasis...read more


Vitamin D analogues

Vitamin D analogues, such as calcipotriol, calcitriol and tacalcitol, should not be confused with the vitamin supplements that you may take; they’ve been modified to have a completely different effect...read more


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