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What are the side effects of using coal tar for mild to moderate psoriasis?

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Side effects include skin irritation and sensitivity to sunlight. Coal tar can also cause strong odor and staining of clothing, bed linens, or hair.

From: Solutions for Mild Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

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Jenny Murase, MD, assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

Bhosle, M. , June 2006. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis Treatment," and "Psoriasis Treatment: Medicine Applied to the Skin."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Jenny Murase, MD, assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

Bhosle, M. , June 2006. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis Treatment," and "Psoriasis Treatment: Medicine Applied to the Skin."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

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