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How are topical medications used to treat plaque psoriasis?

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If you have only a few plaques, your doctor will probably try a prescription cream first. You put these directly on your skin. They either help with inflammation or slow the growth of skin cells. Examples include corticosteroids, vitamin D, vitamin A, and anthralin. You can also try over-the-counter topical medicines. Both salicylic acid and coal tar are approved to treat psoriasis. Other ingredients may soothe itch and remove scale, including aloe vera, jojoba, zinc pyrithione, and capsaicin.

From: What Is Plaque Psoriasis? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

Medscape: "FDA OKs Biologic Guselkumab (Tremfya) for Plaque Psoriasis." "Plaque Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriasis."

Weigle, N., May 2013. American Family Physician,

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

Medscape: "FDA OKs Biologic Guselkumab (Tremfya) for Plaque Psoriasis." "Plaque Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriasis."

Weigle, N., May 2013. American Family Physician,

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

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