Understanding Your Treatment Options for Psoriasis

By

Laura E. Marusinec, MD    

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If you have psoriasis, you may sometimes feel overwhelmed by your disease and what you have to do to keep it under control. Fortunately, there are many options, which vary in how they work, what you need to do, and the side effects or risks that come with them. Your doctor is your best resource for helping you make decisions about what treatments are best for you.

When choosing a treatment plan, you should consider:

  • The type and severity of your psoriasis
  • Your individual history, risks, and preferences
  • Cost of treatment
  • Using a tiered approachstarting with the treatment that is easiest to use, least expensive, and has the fewest risks and side effects

Treatment Options for Mild or Moderate Psoriasis

People with mild or moderate psoriasis usually have less than 5% of their skin affected, without complicating factors. Your doctor will usually recommend topical medications (applied to the skin) or phototherapy (light treatments).

There are many treatment options for psoriasis, and they all come with risks and benefits. Ultimately, whether you treat with topical creams, light therapy, or medications, you and your doctor will decide the best treatment path together.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 13, 2016

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