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How strong should topical corticosteroids for psoriasis be?

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Corticosteroids come in a bunch of strengths. They're ranked on a scale of 1 through 7. If it's labeled "1" it means the drug is "super potent" or very strong. When it has a "7" it's got a rating of "least potent" or very weak.

Your doctor will weigh several different things before he suggests a specific corticosteroid for you. He'll consider your age, how severe your disease is, and the part of your body that's got an outbreak. He'll also go over with you the potential side effects from the treatment.

Weaker corticosteroids work best if you need to use it on sensitive areas such as your face, groin, or breasts. Your doctor may also prescribe a lower-strength version if you have to use it for a long time. Mild to mid-strength ones can be used for children.

You may need a stronger one if you have a severe form of psoriasis. It's also a good choice for spots with thicker skin, such as your palms or the soles of your feet.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on February 24, 2016
Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on February 24, 2016

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