Plaque Psoriasis (cont.)
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Self-Care at Home
The good news is that there is a lot that can be done for psoriasis aside from resorting to a physician. This is especially true for mild disease. There are many over-the-counter products available that are effective for psoriasis -- 1% hydrocortisone cream (Cortaid, Caldecort) is very safe topical steroid that can suppress mild disease. Preparations containing tar (that gunky, smelly stuff that is a byproduct of oil production) can be beneficial. Tar can be found in many ointments and shampoos so it can be effective in treating scalp disease. Sunlight has well-documented beneficial effects on psoriasis. Careful sunbathing (no sunburns) can be quite effective in controlling the disease during seasons when sunlight is abundant and the weather is tolerable. When treating this disease, it must be remembered that topical medications and light will have difficulty penetrating through thick layers of scale. This scale must be gently removed by gentle washing techniques so as to minimize irritation. In plaques of psoriasis, the small cutaneous vessels are very close to the surface of the skin, just under the scale. If the scale is removed, vigorous bleeding will occur, producing irritation and trauma that actually tends to activate psoriasis.
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