Treating Plaque Psoriasis
Among the treatments that may help you is REMICADE®, a medication to provide rapid relief of the symptoms of chronic severe plaque psoriasis, such as plaque thickness, redness, and flakiness, in as few as 2 weeks in some cases. Individual results may vary. Discuss your treatment options with your dermatologist to see if REMICADE® may be right for you.
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Here's a summary of common treatments for plaque psoriasis:
Topical therapies, like creams and gels, are applied directly onto the skin surface. They are often prescribed for mild to moderate plaque psoriasis. Types of topicals include corticosteroids, calcipotriene, a synthetic vitamin D cream; (tazarotene), a vitamin A derivative. Other therapies commonly used are coal tar and anthralin
Light therapy exposes your skin–or just the plaque psoriasis lesions–to ultraviolet light (UVA or UVB rays). These treatments are for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and are usually administered in a dermatologist's office or plaque psoriasis clinic. One type of light therapy, PUVA (psoralen and UVA), combines medication with ultraviolet light and is used for patients with severe plaque psoriasis
Systemic medications circulate throughout the body. They can be taken orally in pill form or given by injection. Types of systemic medications include retinoids, and medications that suppress your immune system, like cyclosporine and methotrexate
Biologics are the latest advance in systemic plaque psoriasis treatment. They are given by IV infusion or by injection to people with moderate or severe plaque psoriasis. REMICADE® is indicated for chronic severe plaque psoriasis and is a biologic medicine that binds to the excess tumor necrosis factor-alpha (or TNF-alpha) produced by an overactive immune system. Overproduction of TNF-alpha is an underlying cause of the inflammation you experience
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