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    1. Psoriasis - Home Treatment

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

    2. Psoriasis - Other Treatment

      Read about phototherapy and other psoriasis treatments.

    3. Types of 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.

    4. Types of 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. Types of Psoriasis - Symptoms

      The classic symptoms of psoriasis are raised, red patches of skin topped with loose, silvery scales, usually on the knees or elbows.

    6. 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.

    7. Choosing a Treatment for Psoriasis

      Just as there isn't a cure for psoriasis, there isn't a perfect treatment either. Learn about psoriasis treatment options here.

    8. 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 ...

    9. Types of Psoriasis - 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 ...

    10. 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 ...

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