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  1. 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 ...

  2. Psoriasis - Treatment Overview

    Currently there is no cure for psoriasis. However, many types of treatment are available.

  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 - Medications

    Read about medications used to treat psoriasis.

  5. Psoriasis - What Happens

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

  6. Psoriasis - Home Treatment

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

  7. Phototherapy for Psoriasis

    Phototherapy is the use of ultraviolet (UV) light to slow the rapid growth of new skin cells. This is helpful in treating psoriasis, which causes skin cells to grow too rapidly. There are two types of ultraviolet (UV) light therapy: ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA).Phototherapy may be given in a variety of places, such as in a hospital or doctor's office, in your home (UVB), or at a ...

  8. Psoriasis - Exams and Tests

    Learn about tests for psoriasis.

  9. 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.

  10. Psoriasis - Health Tools

    An interactive tool to help with decisions about psoriasis.

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