Topical Treatment

By Dr. Totenkopf | July 18, 2016

Topical Treatment
Psoriasis cream is the first answer to the question “How to treat psoriasis?” This means which is embrocated into the affected area allows for reducing the symptoms without causing system side effects which is often the case with oral medicines. The most popular local psoriasis treatments are as follows:

Salicylic acid

Recommended by doctors in the ointment form, it allows patients to smoothen the damaged area. However, they should be aware of medication side effects, in particular, irritation of skin and/or hair shaft weakening which can provoke temporary loss of hair. Moreover, the ointment embrocated over extended area of damaged skin can be absorbed by the body which is harmful for patient’s overall health.

Creams based on steroids

These medications are the basis of psoriasis treatment as they help reduce inflammation, relieve skin itching, and block overproduction of cells typical for psoriasis. High-concentration preparations, though being more effective than low-concentration ones, can lead to side effects, namely skin irritation, skin thinning, dryness and burning. Therefore, following doctor’s instructions is of paramount importance.

Local ointment containing calcipotriene

The effectiveness of applying vitamin D-related calcipotriene for treating psoriasis has been proved in practice. Doctors recommend to combine it with corticosteroid cream to raise the effect of treatment procedure.

Coal-tar containing ointments and shampoos

These products are effective for slowing skin sells growth and alleviating symptoms though they can cause side effects, in particular, folliculitis, a papule rash damaging hair follicles. Careful doctor’s supervision is needed when using this medication.


The preparations can significantly improve patient’s state due to vitamin A in a synthetic form. Their disadvantage is slower effect compared to steroids. In addition, they can lead to skin irritation/dryness.

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