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4 Signs Your Psoriasis Treatment Isn't Working

Not all psoriasis treatments are created equal.

Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that affects the skin, can be tricky to treat. We don’t know exactly what causes psoriasis, but we can treat the symptoms, which include build-up of skin cells causing red, itchy painful patches (called plaques) to form. Patients may try topical creams and ointments, oral immunosuppressants, biologic medications, and light therapy to manage the disease, but every patient responds differently to each treatment option. On top of that, even if one treatment works, its efficacy may decrease with time. This is why it’s important that psoriasis patients stay mindful of their symptoms. If you’re experiencing any of the following issues, it may be time to try something new.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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  4. Phototherapy. National Psoriasis Foundation. https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/phototherapy
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