The treatment of psoriasis will usually depend on how much skin is affected, how bad the disease is and or the area or locations that are affected on the body. Treatments range from the use of topical creams and ointments, such as corticosteroids and vitamin D analogs, to immunosuppressive topicals. Oral medications and ultraviolet light therapy are also options. Should you need to undergo ultraviolet light therapy? It's important that the doctor controls the amount of light you received from this therapy as too much ultraviolet light might actually make the psoriasis worse. Your doctor or dermatologist might recommend just one form of treatment or a combination of these treatments. The suggested treatment plan will depend on the type of psoriasis you have as well. Of course, certain treatments for psoriasis can have some serious side effects. So it's really important to discuss these with your doctor and make note of any differences you see from different treatments that concern you and that can help decide if you need to really change your medications or what combination as well as going to see your doctor regularly. There are other measures that you can have taken home to help manage your symptoms such as ensuring your skin is well moisturized and staying healthy. Overall, since stress has been identified as a cause of psoriasis, taking measures to reduce stress in your day-to-day life can help prevent flares. You may find that joining support groups can help you gain ideas from others who are also coping with the disease and actually help you feel that you are not alone.
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