Psoriasis Treatment Options: Full Guide

Psoriasis Treatment Options

Only you and your dermatologist can pick the psoriasis treatment that is best for you. There are a variety of effective treatments available, including the following.

Topical Treatments

Topical Treatments for Psoriasis

Topical treatments, including topical steroids, are medications applied to the skin. They usually are the first treatment recommended for psoriasis.
They work by slowing down the production of skin cells and reducing inflammation.


Psoriasis Phototherapy Treatments

With phototherapy, the skin is exposed to ultraviolet light under medical guidance. Consistent phototherapy sessions can help slow down the production of skin cells and improve skin symptoms. There are three main types of phototherapy treatment:
•    UVB: Exposure to artificial UVB (ultraviolet light B)
•    PUVA: Treatment combining a light-sensitizing medication called psoralen with UVA (ultraviolet light A) exposure
•    Laser: Pulsed dye lasers combined with targeted UVB treatment

Systemic Treatments

Systemic Treatments for Psoriasis

Systemic medications (affecting the entire body) can help treat moderate to severe psoriasis in people who have not responded to, or cannot use, other treatments.
Systemic treatments include the prescription medications methotrexate, cyclosporine, acitretin, and others.

Biologic Treatments, Like HUMIRA

Biologic Treatments for Psoriasis

Some biologic treatments, called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blockers, target a protein in the body called TNF. They are used to treat moderate and/or severe plaque psoriasis.
In people with plaque psoriasis, too much TNF is produced, causing inflammation and skin lesions. Some biologics help block TNF, decreasing inflammation and improving skin symptoms.
Because TNF blockers, including HUMIRA, affect the immune system, they can lower the ability to fight infections and may cause other serious side effects.