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Treatments for Psoriasis
Treatment of psoriasis is usually a series of steps, called the 1-2-3 approach, which entails:
Step 1—Topical: Sunlight or medication applied directly to the surface of the skin
Step 2—Phototherapy: Phototherapy (or “light treatment”) using ultraviolet light alone or in combination with medication
Step 3—Systemic: Medicines taken internally (usually oral medication) to treat psoriasis systemically
Your treatment will be based on several factors, including:
Often, the body will become resistant to certain types of treatment, and they will lose their effectiveness. When this happens, new treatment methods may be prescribed, and future treatments may be added as needed.
Treatment involves the following:
Surgical procedures are not a treatment option for psoriasis.
American Academy of Dermatology web site. Available at:
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/ .
National Psoriasis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.psoriasis.org/home/ .
Last reviewed September 2012 by Purvee S. Shah, MD
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