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Psoriasis - How to prevent?

Psoriasis - Causes and Risk Factors

Psoriasis - Treatments

Skin trauma and friction should be minimised. Skin should be well moisturised with regular emollients. This should be applied on the whole body.

Topical treatments include topical steroids, calcineurin inhibitors (Protopic, Elidel), vitamin-D analogues (eg. Daivonex), salicylic acid and tar preparations. These treatments are to be applied only on affected areas of skin.

Ultraviolet light (narrowband UVB or PUVA) may be used for more extensive disease or lesions that do not respond well to topical treatments. Treatments are performed two to three times weekly in the clinic.

Systemic treatments are reserved for patients with severe psoriasis or those with pustular forms of the disease. Medications include methotrexate, acitretin and ciclosporin. These medications have both short and long-term side effects, requiring regular blood testing in the clinic.

Biologic medications are used if traditional therapies are unsuccessful or patients have developed severe side effects. Use of these agents requires careful discussion with you/your child’s dermatologist.

Psoriasis - Preparing for surgery

Psoriasis - Post-surgery care

Psoriasis - Other Information