TREATMENT: There are treatments that can relieve the symptoms of psoriasis but the condition cannot be cured. Treatment options for psoriasis include creams, ointments, pills and shots. There is also a form of light therapy that can help with psoriasis. All treatments for psoriasis work by slowing the growth of skin cells, controlling the immune response that causes psoriasis or both. Most people need to try different treatments or combinations of treatments before they figure out what works best for them. If you have psoriasis of the scalp, it helps to wash your hair with medicated shampoos, such as those containing selenium, zinc, ketoconazole or tar. There are many types of topical treatments for psoriasis including moisturizers, tar preparations, cortisone creams, vitamin D or vitamin A based ointments and anthralin. Systemic therapies can be very affective but also have the potential for serious side effects. These will be discussed with you in detail prior to starting any of these therapies. Your treatment will depend on the type and severity of your psoriasis. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us.
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