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How do you use topical corticosteroids to treat psoriasis?

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A few simple tips can help you get the best results -- and keep you safe, too:

  • Follow instructions. Don't wing it. Your doctor will tell you how often to apply the medicine.
  • Don't overdo it. When you put it on your skin, use a small amount and only on the area that needs treatment.
  • Use it only on your skin. Never use a topical corticosteroid on your eyes unless your doctor tells you to. It can cause glaucoma or cataracts.
  • Keep an eye on the calendar. Use this treatment only for as long as your doctor says you should.
  • Don't stop suddenly. If you do, it can make your psoriasis flare up. To keep that from happening, your doctor will slowly decrease the amount you use.
Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on February 24, 2016
Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on February 24, 2016

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