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Psoriasis treatments

Depending on the severity, psoriasis treatments and available cures that can be tried will vary from person to person.

Psoriasis treatments can include topical skin care treatments that are applied to the surface of the skin including corticosteroid creams, lotions and ointments; forms of vitamin D3, topical retinoids, coal tar, and salicylic acid.

Patients that are undergoing psoriasis treatments of this kind should be warned that long-term use of corticosteroid creams can lead to thinning of the skin. More intense treatments involve sufferers being exposed to types of Ultraviolet light which slows the fast production of new cells. UVB is the most common type of Ultraviolet light used to treat the disease. UVA is seldom used because of it is believed to cause skin cancer.

In recent years, new treatments have emerged that have been found to treat the cause, rather than the symptoms of the illness. This treatment, called Biologics, is administered by injection, and targets the body's T cells which are the cause of the inflammation that causes the scaly patches on the skins surface. So far, there are no side effects, and Biologics can be used in conjunction with other treatments.

Though this illness will go into remission at various points in a person's life, it will never entirely be cured. However, a combination of treatments can help sufferers to lead a more ordinary life.



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