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Psoriasis (cont.)

Psoriasis Diagnosis

Psoriasis is typically diagnosed after the physician does a physical exam. The doctor generally can recognize psoriasis by observing the appearance of the diseased skin.

Although usually not necessary, skin biopsies can support the diagnosis of plaque psoriasis in difficult cases although they are not always definitive. There may be a lot of overlap between the biopsy appearance of a plaque of psoriasis and that of a plaque of lichen simplex chronicus, which occurs when skin is chronically rubbed or scratched for any reason.

Psoriasis Home Remedies

Patient Comments
  • Exposure to sunlight helps many people with psoriasis.
  • Keeping the skin soft and moist is helpful. Apply moisturizers after bathing.
  • Do not use irritating cosmetics or soaps.
  • Avoid scratching that can cause bleeding or excessive irritation.
  • Soaking in bathwater with oil added and using moisturizers may help. Bath soaks with coal tar or other agents remove scales. Be careful in bathtubs with oil added to the bathwaterm since the tubs can become very slippery.
  • Hydrocortisone cream can reduce the itching of mild psoriasis and are available without a prescription.
  • Some people use an ultraviolet B light unit at home under a doctor's supervision. A dermatologist may prescribe the unit and instruct the patient on home use, especially if it is difficult for the patient to get to the doctor's office for phototherapy treatment.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/23/2014
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