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How effective are topical corticosteroids at treating psoriasis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Corticosteroid drugs are very effective for short-term treatment. The effectiveness of higher-strength forms is similar to that of topical vitamin D. Psoriasis symptoms usually improve in 2 to 4 weeks. Topical corticosteroids should not be used continuously for long periods of time. Your doctor can design a treatment schedule so that you have some steroid-free intervals.

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