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Treatments for Psoriasis

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Treatments for Psoriasis

There is no cure. The goal is to manage symptoms. The treatments used will depend on:

  • Psoriasis type
  • The symptoms a person has
  • How severe the disease is
  • How many areas of the body it affects

Treatment usually starts with medicine applied to the skin. If this is not helpful, then light therapy is used. People who are not helped by these methods may be given oral medicine.

The body can get used to some treatments and they become less helpful. Changes may need to be made over time.

Treatment may be:


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  • Psoriasis. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin diseases. Available at: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/psoriasis. Accessed March 25, 2022.
  • Psoriasis resource center. American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis. Accessed March 25, 2022.


  • Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated:

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.