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How are steroid shampoos used to treat psoriasis?

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You'll need a prescription from your doctor to get a steroid shampoo. These shampoos are usually used for only a few weeks to help with swelling and redness. After that, your doctor may suggest you switch to a coal tar shampoo.

Don't wet your hair before using this shampoo -- you put it on your scalp when your hair is dry and leave it for 15 minutes. Then wet your hair, lather in the shampoo, and rinse it out.

Be sure to keep it off your face and away from your ears -- your skin is thinner in those areas. It's also important to wash your hands well afterward.

From: Psoriasis Shampoo: How to Choose WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dermatologists' Tips to Treat and Control Dandruff," "Psoriasis: Recommendations for Coal Tar," "Scalp Psoriasis."

Clobex: "Clobex Shampoo." Food and Drug Administration: "CLOBEX (clobetasol propionate) Shampoo, 0.05%"
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Kidshealth.org: "Dandruff," "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "OTC Topical Treatments for Psoriasis," "Topical Treatments."

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Meted," "Scalp Psoriasis."

UpToDate: "Patient Education: Psoriasis: (Beyond the Basics)."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dermatologists' Tips to Treat and Control Dandruff," "Psoriasis: Recommendations for Coal Tar," "Scalp Psoriasis."

Clobex: "Clobex Shampoo." Food and Drug Administration: "CLOBEX (clobetasol propionate) Shampoo, 0.05%"
®

Kidshealth.org: "Dandruff," "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "OTC Topical Treatments for Psoriasis," "Topical Treatments."

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Meted," "Scalp Psoriasis."

UpToDate: "Patient Education: Psoriasis: (Beyond the Basics)."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 17, 2019

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