Psoriasis Treatment

Clobetasol Propionate
This is a foam-based topical medication (Olux®) that has been approved for the treatment of scalp and body psoriasis. The foam penetrates the skin well, is easy to use, and is not as messy as many other topical psoriasis medications.
 
Bath Solutions
People with psoriasis may find that adding oil when bathing, then applying a moisturizer, soothes their skin. Also, individuals can remove scales and reduce itching by soaking for 15 minutes in water containing a coal tar solution, oiled oatmeal, Epsom salts, or Dead Sea salts.
 
Moisturizers
When applied regularly over a long period, moisturizers (such as petroleum jelly or thick creams) have a soothing effect. Preparations that are thick and greasy usually work best because they seal water in the skin, reducing scaling and itching.
 
Bath solutions and moisturizers may be soothing, but they are seldom strong enough to improve the condition of the skin. Therefore, they usually are combined with stronger remedies. Moisturizers should be applied immediately after bathing or showering.
 

Light Therapy Used for Treating Psoriasis

Natural ultraviolet light from the sun and controlled delivery of artificial ultraviolet light are used in treating psoriasis.
 
Sunlight
Much of sunlight is composed of bands of different wavelengths of ultraviolet (UV) light. When absorbed into the skin, UV light suppresses the process leading to disease, causing activated T cells in the skin to die. This process reduces inflammation and slows the turnover of skin cells that causes scaling. Daily, short, non-burning exposure to sunlight clears or improves psoriasis in many people. Therefore, exposing affected skin to sunlight is one initial psoriasis treatment.

Information on Psoriasis

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