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How is flexural psoriasis treated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Flexural psoriasis is one of the five main types of the autoimmune condition psoriasis. Doctors do not completely understand what causes psoriasis, but they do know that it develops when your immune system begins producing skin cells too fast. Some of the treatments for psoriasis include:
  • topical creams (prescription and over-the-counter) that contain corticosteroids or other medications that can help slow cell growth, decrease inflammation, and lessen redness
  • phototherapy, done in a doctor's office with specialized ultraviolet light aimed at the lesions to help slow skin cell growth; sometimes doctors will also put a sun-sensitizing medication, psoralen, on the skin with the treatment
  • laser treatments
  • sun exposure or indoor tanning, a controversial treatment recommended by some experts to help clear lesions
  • oral medications that work throughout your body to control the symptoms
  • injected or intravenous (IV) medications called biologics, which are the newest treatments for psoriasis and target specific areas of your immune system.
If you have plexural psoriasis your doctor will determine the best treatment plan for you.

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