There is no cure for psoriasis, a condition in which a person’s immune system causes the skin cells to grow too rapidly and create scaly flakes. However, you can work with your doctor to control symptoms. Two of the most effective methods used are topical (applied via cream) steroids and phototherapy.
“The first line of treatment is usually topical steroids,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Steroids calm down the autoimmune reaction.”
When steroids fail, dermatologists may use phototherapy, a treatment during which the patient stands in a chamber that looks like a tanning booth. The booth is lined with bulbs that deliver a specific wavelength of ultraviolet light. “Phototherapy can be effective for many patients because it counteracts the autoimmune reaction,” says Moon.
There are many other medications that can be injected or taken orally to control psoriasis when other treatments fail.
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