Mild psoriasis may be treated with topical steroid cream, ointment, shampoo, moisturizing lotion, and/or light therapy that uses UV rays. The topical treatments decrease inflammation, redness, and itchiness, while the UV rays slow the growth of affected cells. A doctor may recommend beginning with an over-the-counter steroid, like hydrocortisone 1% cream or ointment. This works for four out of five people with mild plaque psoriasis. If this doesn’t work, your doctor might consider a stronger prescription topical steroid. Other over-the-counter supplements like aloe vera, jojoba, and capsaicin have been used for plaque psoriasis before, but you should talk to your doctor before using them.
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Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
Douglas Severance, Family Medicine, answered
Most people with psoriasis have the mild type. These people may have mild patches of psoriasis on their elbows, knees, hands and feet, and scalp. To treat mild psoriasis, doctors usually recommend either over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription remedies. These treatments may include moisturizers to keep the red, inflamed lesions soft and moist. Or topical treatments may be used such as ointments, lotions, creams and shampoos.
Most of the time, in the 4 out of 5 people with mild psoriasis, these treatments do the job in self-managing psoriasis and controlling the flakey plaques. There are many types of natural therapies or alternative treatments that can benefit mild plaque psoriasis. Talk with your doctor and find out which therapy may be best for your mild case of plaque psoriasis.