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Is there a good over-the-counter medication/ointment to help maintain/decrease the appearance and symptoms of plaque psoriasis?

Is there a good over-the-counter medication/ointment to help maintain/decrease the appearance and symptoms of plaque psoriasis?

Can try cortaid (hydrocortisone): Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease, which affects almost 15 million americans, and most have such minimal disease that they may not even know they have it. A few hundred thousand people have terrible disease with thick plaques on their scalp, hands, feet, and body, and even psoriatic arthritis, you can try some otc drugs, products, with urea, coal tar, and cortisone, but they may not work. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more


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What medications are available for treating plaque psoriasis?

What medications are available for treating plaque psoriasis?

Topical steroids: Psoriasis can be treated with various topical medications including corticoteroid creams, ointments, sprays, and foam products. Psoriasis can also respond to vitamin d creams, such as dovonex. Another class of medications are retinoids, such as tazorac. Often times dermatologists can combine these treatment regimens to effectively treat the psoriasis plaques. ...Read more

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Best medication for plaque psoriasis. I have tried almost everything?

Best medication for plaque psoriasis. I have tried almost everything?

Oral or shots: If it is localized a compound of lcd and salicylic acid can help. If it is extensive methotrexate, soriaitane or a biologic such as Enbrel (etanercept) will work, although results vary by individual. ...Read more

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How can home uvb lights be used to clear-up plaque psoriasis as quickly as possible?

How can home uvb lights be used to clear-up plaque psoriasis as quickly as possible?

MD supervision: Home uvb or narrow band uvb requires a press ription for use. It can be combined with tar and s ailcylic a i'd for a traditional goeckerman regimen. If it a flat panel one side is exposed and the other side. If it is full body expose whole body. Do not overlap.Increments of 20 per cent are reasonable. Phototherapy requires 20-30 sessions for clearing. ...Read more

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Does scalp plaque psoriasis get worse over time?

Psoriasis: While it depends on each person, psoriasis can be a lifelong condition. There are some things however that people do that can cause it to worsen: infection, stress, smoking, obesity, decreased exposure to uv light, and alcohol consumption. ...Read more

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Does humira (adalimumab) work well for plaque psoriasis?

Does humira (adalimumab) work well for plaque psoriasis?

Yes: It is effective for over 75 per cent of people using it although they do not all clear completely. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for plaque psoriasis?

What is the most effective treatment for plaque psoriasis?

Depends: The answer depends on how extensive your psoraisis is. Topical agents play a role but if your disease is more extensive there are many old and new medications such as stelera, enbrel, Remicade (infliximab) or psorisis. Talk with your dermatologist or a rheumatologist for further answers. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to get scalp plaque psoriasis diagnosed?

Why is it so hard to get scalp plaque psoriasis diagnosed?

I don't know why?: I find it easy to diagnose, because most pts have minimal psoriasis elsewhere. Plaque psoriasis is quite different from other scalp dermatites. But the scalp must be examined or it will not be found! ...Read more

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I have had red scaly patches due to plaque psoriasis for over 20 years. What can I do?

Many: There are many treatment options for psoriasis including light therapy, topical therapies, pills and injections. Discuss with your dermatologist to see what would be best for you. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis at age 8 in 1987..I am now 33 and recently had a biopsy done and was told I have varucca keratosis?

I was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis at age 8 in 1987..I am now 33 and recently had a biopsy done and was told I have varucca keratosis?

Verrucous keratosis: Verrucous keratosis represent either seborrheic keratosis or verruca vulgaris. Sometime histological distinction cannot be made between them. They are benign growths and are not related to psoriasis. They do not go away with creams but can be taken off by the dermatologist. ...Read more

Plaque (Definition)

A plaque is a broad, raised area on the skin. For example, patients with psoriasis have a lot of scaly plaques on their ...Read more