What are the treatment options for psoriasis?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Therapy consists of topical steroids, vitamin D3 analogs, tars, and phototherapy. More severe forms of psoriasis can be treated with systemic medications such as immunosuppressants and biologics. [25, 26, 27, 28, 29] Prior to elective procedures, psoriasis should be clinically optimized.

A study by Norlin et al of 2646 patients with psoriasis found that 18% of these patients had moderate to severe psoriasis that persisted even with ongoing systemic therapy. Compared with patients with lower-severity psoriasis, those with persisting moderate to severe psoriasis tended to be younger, have a higher body mass index, suffer from psoriatic arthritis, and more often engage in smoking. [30]

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