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How is salicylic acid used to treat psoriasis?

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Some doctors recommend salicylic acid ointment, which smoothes the skin by promoting the shedding of psoriatic scales. Using salicylic acid over large areas of skin, however, may cause the body to absorb too much of the medication, leading to side effects. Salicylic acid may also cause skin irritation and weaken hair shafts, which can cause breakage and temporary hair loss. The effectiveness of these treatments are modest at best.

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FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Kurd, S.K. , April 2008. National Cancer Institute: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms: Turmeric." National Psoriasis Foundation: "Complementary approaches: natural elements." "Over-the-counter (OTC) Topicals." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Psoriasis -- Treatment." University of Michigan Health System: "Psoriasis Topic Overview." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Aloe." University of Michigan Health System: "Psoriasis."  







Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

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FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Kurd, S.K. , April 2008. National Cancer Institute: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms: Turmeric." National Psoriasis Foundation: "Complementary approaches: natural elements." "Over-the-counter (OTC) Topicals." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Psoriasis -- Treatment." University of Michigan Health System: "Psoriasis Topic Overview." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Aloe." University of Michigan Health System: "Psoriasis."  







Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

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