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If I have psoriasis, can I apply medicated lotion on my skin cracks?

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Apply a medicated lotion, cream, or ointment.

Your skin cracks when it gets too dry, tight, and stretched. To help existing wounds heal -- and prevent new ones -- you need to can the inflammation that causes the swelling.

The first line of treatment is a corticosteroid lotion, cream, or ointment. They’re available over the counter or as a prescription in higher doses. Put it on once or twice a day. Don’t use it for more than 3 weeks without your doctor’s permission.

SOURCES:

James Swan, MD, professor of dermatology, Loyola University Medical Center.

Dominic Ricci, MD, dermatologist, Baylor Scott & White Health.

CDC: “Psoriasis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Cuts, Scrapes or Bruises.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Hands, Feet, and Nails.”

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: “Household Products Database.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Topical Treatments.”

American Academy for Dermatology: “Psoriasis: Recommendations for Topical Corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 30, 2018

SOURCES:

James Swan, MD, professor of dermatology, Loyola University Medical Center.

Dominic Ricci, MD, dermatologist, Baylor Scott & White Health.

CDC: “Psoriasis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Cuts, Scrapes or Bruises.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Hands, Feet, and Nails.”

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: “Household Products Database.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Topical Treatments.”

American Academy for Dermatology: “Psoriasis: Recommendations for Topical Corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 30, 2018

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