Over-the-counter (OTC) topical medications are used to treat some types of plaque psoriasis. You can purchase OTC topical therapies at pharmacies, supermarkets or online on a manufacturer's website. The FDA has approved salicylic acid and tar, two active ingredients in OTC topical medications, for the treatment of plaque psoriasis. Salicylic acid is a peeling agent. This agent causes the outer layer of skin to shed. In treating psoriasis, salicylic acid softens and lifts (removes) the psoriasis scales. Coal tar is commonly used to control psoriasis by slowing down the growth of skin cells and restoring the skin's appearance. Also, coal tar can reduce inflammation, itching and scaling.
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What OTC treatments for plaque psoriasis are available?
Douglas Severance, MD, Family Medicine, answered
What should I know about depigmentation therapy?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredThe most important thing to realize about depigmentation therapy is that, unlike many other skin therapies for vitiligo, depigmentation is permanent. It is usually used by people who have many large skin patches already from their vitiligo; it's opposite to the other therapies as well in that it doesn't aim to restore color to skin patches. Rather, it aims to make the color of the rest of your skin the same as that of the skin patches. Depigmentation can make your skin much more sensitive to the sun, so this therapy means that people who use it will need to be very careful about sun exposure for their whole lives. The effects cannot be reversed. The medication used in the therapy is called monobenzyl ether of hydroquinone, and it is important to avoid skin contact with other people for at least two hours after you have each treatment in case the drug rubs off on their skin, as well.
What causes skin tags on my neck and under my breasts?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Skin tags are a natural result of chafing, irritation, and age. Watch this video by Dr. Oz to learn more about skin tags and what causes them.
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