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  1. Psoriasis - Prevention

    There is no way to prevent psoriasis. However, the following tips may improve symptoms or help reduce the number of psoriasis flare-ups.

  2. Psoriasis - What Happens

    Psoriasis is usually long-lasting, returns often, and can be unpredictable.

  3. Alopecia Areata: Psoralen With Ultraviolet A Light (PUVA) Therapy - Topic Overview

    PUVA therapy combines a medicine (called a psoralen) and treatment with ultraviolet A (UVA) light. The psoralen increases the skin's sensitivity to UV light,including sunlight. The psoralen is taken either as a pill or by putting it on the skin directly. Then the skin is exposed to UVA. Treatments are done regularly for 4 to 6 months. PUVA is used when alopecia areata affects most of the ...

  4. Psoriasis - Surgery

    Surgery is not used to treat psoriasis on the skin or scalp. However, surgery may be used to treat severely disfigured or damaged nails from psoriasis. Surgical removal of a nail may be done in a clinic or doctor's office as an outpatient procedure.

  5. Psoriasis - Home Treatment

    Skin care at home can help control psoriasis. Learn more.

  6. Psoriasis - Other Treatment

    Read about phototherapy and other psoriasis treatments.

  7. Psoriasis - Topic Overview

    Learn about psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin.

  8. Psoriasis - Cause

    The exact cause of psoriasis is not known. Many scientists believe that the condition is inherited.

  9. Psoriasis: Skin, Scalp, and Nail Care

    Key pointsIf you have psoriasis, your skin is very sensitive. To protect your skin, avoid: Skin care products that irritate your skin.Scratching and picking your skin, and skin injuries such as cuts or scrapes.Cold, dry climates. Cold weather causes symptoms to become worse.The most important thing you can do is to keep your skin moist and lubricated. Use moisturizing creams, ointments, and ...

  10. Psoriasis - Exams and Tests

    Learn about tests for psoriasis.

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