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While there is no cure for psoriasis, a wide variety of treatment options exist for people living with the inflammatory disease. Treatments are usually categorized as topical, light- or photo- therapy, systemic or biologic therapy.

Take an active role in your treatment by asking questions and keeping your doctor informed of any concerns. Talk to your doctor about your options, especially if you are not seeing improvement after using a particular treatment or if you are having uncomfortable side effects. He or she can adjust your treatment plan or modify your approach to ensure the best possible options for you.

 

Click each heading below for additional information.

Prescription Topical Treatments

Topical treatments such as creams and ointments are often the first therapies recommended to treat psoriasis.

Phototherapy

As the name suggests, this psoriasis treatment uses natural or artificial ultraviolet light.

Traditional Systemic Drugs

Traditional systemic drugs for psoriasis are typically prescribed when topical treatment fails to adequately treat psoriasis.

Biologics and Biosimilars

Biologics are the newest group of drugs approved for the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis.

Combination Therapy

In order to achieve acceptable disease control, occasionally it is necessary to use more than one medication to treat psoriasis.

Non-Pharmacologic / Lifestyle

There may be some lifestyle changes you can make to help decrease the severity of psoriasis and improve quality of life. 

Last updated October 28, 2019.

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