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How do you know when to change your topical treatment for psoriasis?

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These treatments work well for many people, but they aren’t a sure bet. Don't be surprised if something that was working stops -- or if something that’s never helped before starts to do some good. Let your doctor know what makes a difference and what doesn’t. Together, you can choose the right products.

Many topical treatments can irritate your skin, so over time, your doctor may suggest that you cycle through different types of creams. You may also use them along with other types of treatments, like phototherapy or medications you take by mouth or inject.

SOURCES: 

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, department of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

American Academy of Dermatology.

American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriasis," ACP Medicine, April 2005.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2018

SOURCES: 

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, department of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

American Academy of Dermatology.

American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriasis," ACP Medicine, April 2005.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2018

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