Treatment of psoriasis is usually a series of steps, called the 1-2-3 approach, which entails:
Medication applied directly to the surface of the skin
Phototherapy (light treatment) using ultraviolet light or sunlight alone or in combination with medication
if medication alone does not improve symptoms
Medications taken internally (usually oral medication) to treat psoriasis systemically
if topical medications and/or phototherapy do not improve symptoms
Your treatment will be based on several factors, including: The severity of the diseaseThe extent and location of the areas involvedYour responsiveness to each treatmentWhat type of psoriasis you havePossible concomitant presence of psoriatic arthritis
Often, the body will become resistant to certain types of treatment, and they will lose their effectiveness. When this happens, new treatment methods may be prescribed, and future treatments may be added as needed.
Treatment involves the following:
Surgical procedures are not a treatment option for psoriasis.
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Last reviewed November 2015. by Michael Woods, MD
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