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Will I have to take steroids to treat my psoriasis?

Will I have to take steroids to treat my psoriasis?

It depends: Not necessarily taking oral steroids but topical steroids tend to be a mainstay of therapy. Best to discuss any concerns about medications with your treating dermatologist and do not be afraid to inform them of any concerns you might have. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Scar treatment can be defined as any intervention performed on a scar. This can vary from simple treatments such as topical massage or tape or silicone gel sheeting/ointment proceeding up to progressively more aggressive and invasive treatments ranging from external energy application (ultrasound, laser, light, radifrequency, etc) up to injections, radiation therapy, surgery ...Read more


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Do topical steroids slow the increase in surface area of psoriasis spots or only treat the symptoms?

Do topical steroids slow the increase in surface area of psoriasis spots or only treat the symptoms?

Topical steroids: are VERY TEMPORARY and not in this day and age the way to treat psoriasis since they do NOT treat the disease ONLY the symptoms (defined areas of the rash) There are a number of treatments which treat the whole body both "topical" (light therapy) and BIOLOGICAL systemic medications! ope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What's the best non-steroidal treatment for psoriasis?

What's the best non-steroidal treatment for psoriasis?

TNF agents: Tnf agents such as remicade, (infliximab) Enbrel or Humira are the best option for moderate to severe psoriasis. Methotrexate can also be effective. For milder disease phototherapy and/or coal tar based creams may help. ...Read more

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Its there a non steroid cream for psoriasis that actually works?

Its there a non steroid cream for psoriasis that actually works?

A few options: The main non-steroidal topical rxs for psoriasis are dovonex and vectical, which are synthetic vitamin d analogues, and tazorac (tazarotene), a vitamin a analogue (aka retinoid). There are also two topical immunomodulators (aka calcineurin inhibitors) called Elidel (pimecrolimus) and Protopic which are more commonly used to treat eczema. I share however your frustration with topical psoriasis therapy. ...Read more

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Please explain how do steroid creams help psoriasis?

Please explain how do steroid creams help psoriasis?

See below: Steroids are anti-inflammatory. Psoriasis is a type of inflammatory condition of the skin. Steroids suppress the inflammation and thereby reduce the redness and scaling which characterize psoriasis. ...Read more

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I have psoriasis appearing all over body more and more very day have tied various steroids now keeping me awake, effecting day life any advice ?

I have psoriasis appearing all over body more and more very day have tied various steroids now keeping me awake, effecting day life any advice ?

Beyond steroids: You're going to need 21st century treatment. There are a host of meds ranging from methotrexate to several other small molecules to the new biologicals. One will probably clear you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Had using steroid cream for psoriasis ruined my skin?

Had using steroid cream for psoriasis ruined my skin?

Not enough info: What do you mean by ruined? If you believe there is a problem, see a dermatologist to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What is best long term non-steroidal creams for chronic psoriasis of the body and scalp?

What is best long term non-steroidal creams for chronic psoriasis of the body and scalp?

No such thing: Each medication has different effect on different individuals. If you want to discuss further shoot me an e-mail click this --> https://www.healthtap.com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more

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Is there any possible way to get rid of psoriasis permanently, I have tried almost every steroids but i only disappear for few days and then reappear, ?

Yes and no: There is no cure for psoriasis but the tnf agents aften provide dramatic benefit and sometime can remove all traces of psoriasis as long as you remove on it. ...Read more

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What are the side effects in topical steroids for psoriasis?

What are the side effects in topical steroids for psoriasis?

Thin skin: The most common side effects from the use of topical steroids (creams or ointments) is thinning of the skin, change in skin color (usually lighter), increased blood vessels or "broken capillaries", and stretch marks. ...Read more

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Hello, I think I have psoriasis, Tried everything but nothing expect steroid cream while using helps. I want most natural product to help me with this?

Good luck: Topical steroids of varying strengths & topical vitamen D can help mild psoriasis. Moderate to severe psoriasis &/or psoriatic arthritis can be significantly improved & cleared with biologics. As 'natural' treatment you can stop smoking & drinking alcohol (if you do either) But first you need a correct diagnosis ...Read more

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If i get psoriasis on a tattoo will steroid creams and the psoriasis itself mess up the tattoo permanently?

If i get psoriasis on a tattoo will steroid creams and the psoriasis itself mess up the tattoo permanently?

Usually not: I would not expect the psoriasis or treatment of it with creams to affect your tattoo. In fact, it might be best to treat the psoriasis aggressively so that it it doesn't become as inflamed and mess up your tattoo because of that. ...Read more

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Will fractional laser to my face aggravate my formerly aggressive scalp psoriasis? Am on maintenance steroid topical drops.

Will fractional laser to my face aggravate my formerly aggressive scalp psoriasis?  Am on maintenance steroid topical drops.

Possibly: I would have the physician who is giving you the steroid evaluate your scalp and do a body skin check before any lasers are used. ...Read more

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Chrons, Psoriasis, and Hashimotos, and a very excrutiating flare of recent migraines, taken major steroids x 3 yrs - possible AVN of right hip?

Chrons, Psoriasis, and Hashimotos, and a very excrutiating flare of recent migraines, taken major steroids x 3 yrs - possible AVN of right hip?

They are all related: Your Crohn's, psoriasis, and Hashimoto's are extremely related issues. I am certainly against long term steroid use, since many other agents exist without the long term side-effects of steroids, AVN being one. You need to come off steroids if still on and use other drugs to control Crohn's and psoriasis. I see from your med list that your hypothyroidism is being treated! I also saw no question! ...Read more

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Psoriasis- method for patient to estimate plaque coverage? Dr. recs tanning bed, but is that along with topical steroid & vit D? How much tanning?

Light therapy: Light therapy is generally prescribed along with other treatments such as topical steroid and vit D. The prescribing physician should clearly indicate the amount of UV exposure prescribed both to optimize results and to apply for insurance reimbursement. ...Read more

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Dr. Leonid Basovich
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Non Pharmaceutical Treatment (Definition)

A pharmaceutical has been "approved by the fda. Supplements, vitamins (some exceptions) , herbals and natural products are not generally approved by teh fda as "pharmaceuticals". This does not mean they are harmless. Combinations or mixing with pharmaceuticals can be hazardous. Check with your physician or pharmacist ...Read more