Know your psoriasis treatment options

Topical medications are creams, ointments, and lotions applied to the skin. People quite commonly start their psoriasis treatment with topical medications. Topical medications should be applied as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Doctors may suggest a treatment plan that includes combining topical medications with each other (e.g., corticosteroids combined with vitamin D derivatives, vitamin A derivatives, salicylic acid, or coal tar) or with other psoriasis treatments (such as systemic medication or with light therapy).

Talk to your doctor about the most appropriate psoriasis treatment for you. With effective treatment and management, psoriasis lesions can be cleared.

Topical treatments can be prescription or non-prescription medications and include:

Topical corticosteroids Vitamin A derivatives Vitamin D derivatives Anthralin Salicylic acid Coal tar

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