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Systemic medications are prescription medications that affect the entire body, and are usually reserved for patients with moderate to severe psoriasis who are not responsive to or eligible for conventional topical medications or ultraviolet (UV) light treatments
Steroid Based Topical Treatments
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Corticosteroids, which are ordinarily called "steroids" by doctors and patients, are the most frequently used treatment for psoriasis. Topical steroid medications are easy to use, often work quickly and can be very effective in controlling mild to moderate psoriasis lesions. Topical steroids are not considered adequate when used as the only treatment for moderate to severe psoriasis. However, they may complement other psoriasis treatments that are used to treat severe psoriasis.
Non Streroid Based Topical Treatments
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Topical treatments - agents applied to the skin - are usually the first line of defense in treating psoriasis. Researchers believe psoriasis occurs when faulty signals in the immune system cause skin cells to grow too rapidly, creating dry, red, scaly patches called lesions. Topicals slow down or normalize that excessive cell reproduction and reduce inflammation (redness) associated with psoriasis.
List of Steroid and Non-Steroid Topical Medicines
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A list of topical medicines prescribed by GPs and dermatologists for psoriasis (all types). The prescribing physician will inform you, the patient, of application amounts and the duration of your treatment. If you have any questions about your treatment always direct them to the prescribing physician.