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what is good over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
No such animal.: Unless you have very, very mild psoriasis - which might respond to Hydrocortisone cream - nothing available over the counter in the us is going to make much of a dent in your psoriasis. Sorry, but i've been doing this for 30 years and have yet to see an otc product work, other than skin cap, which turned out to have an illegal steroid in it. See a dermatologist; don't waste money on otc treatments.

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Varies on severity: Small patches may respond well to various potencies of steroid cream, vit.D-like drugs, or vit a-derived meds. Larger areas of involvement may require immunosuppressant therapy like Methotrexate or new immune-modulator drugs like infliximab, etanercept, etc. The latter drugs have many side effects and precautions; so you should be under the care of a specialist in those meds.
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skin emollients (softeners) are also a mainstay of all forms of psoriasis
Feb 15, 2012
A 37-year-old member asked:

Please describe a good over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Cortisone creams: Options are very limited. Cortisone creams can help but if the disease is more than very mild you should see a dermatologist.

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