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What is the best treatment you can recommend for psorasis?

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suzanne66 25 Aug 2009

Treatment choice for psoriasis depends on many things. Your doctor is able to help make that decision based on the severity of your psoriasis and medical history.
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The goal of treatment is to control your symptoms and prevent secondary infections.

Psoriasis that covers all or most of the body is an emergency that requires a hospital stay. You may receive painkillers, medicines to make you sleepy (sedatives), fluids through a needle in your vein, and antibiotics to fight any infection.

Mild cases of psoriasis are usually treated at home. Your doctor may recommend any of the following:

Cortisone (anti-itch) cream
Creams or ointments that contain coal tar or anthralin
Creams to remove the scaling (usually salicylic acid or lactic acid)
Dandruff shampoos (over-the-counter or prescription)
Prescription medicines containing vitamin D or vitamin A (retinoids)
Oatmeal baths may be soothing and may help to loosen scales. Over-the-counter oatmeal bath products may be used. Or, you can mix one cup of oatmeal into a tub of warm water.

If you have an infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics.

Sunlight may help your symptoms go away. Be careful not to get sunburned. Some people may choose to have phototherapy. Phototherapy is a medical procedure in which your skin is carefully exposed to ultraviolet light. Phototherapy may be given alone or after you take a drug that makes the skin sensitive to light.

Persons with very severe psoriasis may receive medicines to suppress the body's immune response. These medicines include methotrexate or cyclosporine. (Persons who have psoriatic arthritis may also receive these drugs.)

Newer drugs called biologics specifically target the body's immune response, which is thought to play a role in psoriasis. These drugs are used when other treatments do not work. Biologics approved for the treatment of psoriasis include:

Adalimumab (Humira)
Alefacept (Amevive)
Efalizumab (Raptiva)
Etanercept (Enbrel)
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