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  1. Psoriasis - Other Treatment

    Read about phototherapy and other psoriasis treatments.

  2. 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.

  3. Psoriasis - Health Tools

    An interactive tool to help with decisions about psoriasis.

  4. Psoriasis - Exams and Tests

    Learn about tests for psoriasis.

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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.

  8. Psoriasis Vulgaris Plaque

    Psoriasis vulgaris, Koebner phenomenon. Well-delineated erythematous plaque with a silvery-white scale characteristic of psoriasis.

  9. Psoriasis Vulgaris Erythematous

    Psoriasis vulgaris. Well-delineated erythematous plaque located on the elbow of a child with psoriasis.

  10. Psoriasis Vulgaris

    Psoriasis vulgaris, scalp and nail findings. Pinpoint pits and distal onycholysis (so-called "oil-spot" discoloration) seen in the fingernails of a child with psoriasis.

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