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How do corticosteroids help treat psoriasis?

Topical corticosteroids (cortisone and many others) have long been used to treat psoriasis. They clear the skin for a limited time. Corticosteroids are available in creams, ointments, lotions, oils, shampoos, and foams, which are convenient for scalp treatments or other special applications. Potential side effects are mainly skin thinning and irritation.

Note: Physicians may also give corticosteroids in low-dose injections or pills. But long-term use of injected or oral corticosteroids (not external forms) can cause severe side effects, as can abruptly stopping their use. Both must be discontinued gradually.

Today, combinations of vitamin D3 drugs and corticosteroids are widely considered the most effective treatments for mild to moderate psoriasis.

Salicylic acid can be combined with other topical treatments (coal tar, cortisone, or anthralin) to help remove scales and dead skin.

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