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How is psoriasis on the eyelids treated?

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To treat this area, your doctor may recommend:

  • Special corticosteroids to treat scaling. But don’t overuse them. If they get into your eyes, they can lead to glaucoma or cataracts.
  • The eczema drugs pimecrolimus (Elidel), tacrolimus (Protopic), or crisaborole (Eucrisa) ointment. They don't cause the side effects of steroids. They can sting the first few days you use them, though.

SOURCES:

The Psoriasis Association: "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Specific locations: Face."

Ortonne, J. , 2010. Eur J Dermatol

Yamamoto, T. . European Journal of Dermatology

FDA: "Elidel (pimecrolimus), Protopic (tacrolimus)."

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 26, 2019

SOURCES:

The Psoriasis Association: "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Specific locations: Face."

Ortonne, J. , 2010. Eur J Dermatol

Yamamoto, T. . European Journal of Dermatology

FDA: "Elidel (pimecrolimus), Protopic (tacrolimus)."

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 26, 2019

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