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What is the treatment for a small outbreak of pustular psoriasis?

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Your doctor may try a topical steroid cream first to treat the sores. Coal tar or salicylic acid creams can help with scaly skin. You'll slather on lotions to soothe and prevent cracked skin. Then you'll slip on cotton gloves or socks to hold the moisture in. Your doctor may try ultraviolet light treatments on the inflamed skin. This is called phototherapy. Oral drugs like methotrexate or cyclosporine may help calm down your immune system. Acitretin (Soriatane) is another drug that can slow skin outbreaks. It's a retinoid, or a synthetic form of vitamin A.

From: What Is Pustular Psoriasis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Pustular Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and answers about psoriasis."

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Pustular psoriasis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis: Diagnosis and Treatment."

Dermnet New Zealand: "Generalised pustular psoriasis."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on February 22, 2017

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Pustular Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and answers about psoriasis."

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Pustular psoriasis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis: Diagnosis and Treatment."

Dermnet New Zealand: "Generalised pustular psoriasis."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on February 22, 2017

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