From Dean Goodless, M.D., former About.com Guide
Getting Started With Treatments
When it comes to treating psoriasis, the first line of treatment is to try simple over-the-counter skin creams and other similar lower risk medications. Talk to your doctor before trying any of these, however, as you need a treatment plan to get the best care possible.
- Overview: Psoriasis Treatments
- The Importance of a Psoriasis Diary
- Over-the-Counter Options for Psoriasis
- A Patient's Perspective: Top 10 OTC Options
- Skin Creams Used to Treat Psoriasis
- Keratolytics: Medicines to Dissolve Skin Flakes
- Coal Tar as a Treatment
- Best Treatments for Hand and Feet
- Soaps, Shampoos and Perfumes
- Laser Treatments
Treating the Whole Body
When more than 10% of the body's surface is affected by psoriasis, whole-body treatment may be warranted. Pills, shots and light treatments can treat large areas of the body at one time -- something that's just too difficult to do with creams or other topical medications.
- Biologic Drug Treatments for Psoriasis
- Biologic Drugs in Children
- Step-by-Step Instructions for Self-Injection Drugs
- Tips for Coping With Injections
- Phototherapy Treatment for Psoriasis
- Patient Perspective on Phototherapy
- Experimental Psoriasis Treatments
- Treatments for Psoriatic Arthritis
- Common Psoriasis Drug Interactions
Making Treatment Work Better: Things to Know
Many mild cases of psoriasis respond to self-treatment with moisturizers, sunlight and over-the-counter medications.
- Tips for Helping Reduce Psoriasis Problems
- A Holisitic Approach to Treating Psoriasis
- Summer and Winter Changes in Psoriasis
- Avoid Common Triggers
- Environmental Triggers
- Should You Get a Sunburn?