The Three Stages of Psoriasis Treatment

The 1-2-3 Approach to Treating Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a challenging condition to live with, but you have a wide variety of treatment options to reduce symptoms and, in some cases, completely clear your skin. Psoriasis treatments generally fall into three categories, and doctors take what’s often called the “1-2-3” approach because they usually move through each category of treatment depending on how severe your psoriasis is and how you respond. Here’s a look at some of the most widely used psoriasis treatments in each of these stages.

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