Psoriasis treatment options

While there is no cure for psoriasis, it is usually treatable. Here you'll find helpful information about some of your psoriasis treatment options.

Topical medicines

What is it?

Creams, lotions, sprays, foams, or ointments

How does it work?

Works on the skin’s surface, and in some cases on the immune system, to help get rid of redness and itching, and to soothe irritated skin. Some topical medicines can help slow abnormal skin cell growth

How do you take it?

Apply directly onto the skin

Who is it for?

Usually for people who have mild psoriasis. May also be used as an add-on to phototherapy or systemic treatments for moderate to severe patients

Phototherapy

What is it?

Artificial ultraviolet (UV) light, used alone or with other medicines

How does it work?

Uses UV light to slow the rapid growth of new skin cells

How do you take it?

Skin is exposed to UV light

Who is it for?

Often for people who have plaques that cover larger areas of their body and is too widespread for topical treatment

Systemic medicines

What is it?

Pills or injected medicines

How does it work?

Works on the immune system to help reduce active levels of specific proteins that contribute to psoriasis

How do you take it?

Taken by mouth, by injection, or by IV infusion

Who is it for?

Usually used for people who have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis

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In this section, you'll find helpful information on a variety of psoriasis treatments: prescription and over-the-counter topical creams and ointments, phototherapy, oral systemics, and a class of medicines known as biologics. You’ll learn about different types of medicines used to treat psoriasis and get a sense of what kinds of treatments are typically prescribed, based on psoriasis severity. You should discuss with your doctor the kind of treatment that’s best for you and your type of psoriasis.

You'll also find information about working with your dermatologist. This section can help you get more out of your next doctor's appointment. There is a discussion guide that will give you a list of important questions to ask your doctor. You will be able to search for dermatologists in your local area. You can also access a tool to track your psoriasis symptoms so that you can help your doctor understand how your symptoms are affecting you.