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What Is Psoriasis? Topic Guide

Psoriasis Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a common and chronic skin disorder caused by inflammation that affects 1%-2% of people in the U.S. There are several different types of psoriasis. Clinical types of psoriasis include pustular psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, or guttate psoriasis. Psoriasis is typically found on the knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp. Symptoms and signs include red, raised, scaly areas on the skin that may itch or burn. Treatment may involve topical therapy, phototherapy, and medication.

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ustekinumab Ustekinumab

Ustekinumab is used to treat plaque psoriasis in adults and children who are at least 12 years old. Ustekinumab is also used to treat psoriatic arthritis in...learn more »

betamethasone and calcipotriene (topical) Betamethasone And Calcipotriene (topical)

Betamethasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

adalimumab Adalimumab

Adalimumab reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation...learn more »

etanercept Etanercept

Etanercept is a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker that is used to treat:

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infliximab Infliximab

Infliximab reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation...learn more »

tazarotene topical Tazarotene Topical

Tazarotene topical (for use on skin) is a compound similar to vitamin A. It helps the skin to renew itself more quickly and may improve the appearance and te...learn more »

acitretin Acitretin

Acitretin is a retinoid, which is a form of vitamin A...learn more »

calcipotriene topical Calcipotriene Topical

Calcipotriene is a man-made form of vitamin D. It is involved in the growth and development of skin cells...learn more »

coal tar topical Coal Tar Topical

Coal tar is a by-product of coal processing...learn more »

fluorouracil topical Fluorouracil Topical

Fluorouracil interferes with the growth of skin cells. Fluorouracil works by causing the death of cells which are growing fastest, such as abnormal skin cell...learn more »

betamethasone topical Betamethasone Topical

Betamethasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

salicylic acid topical Salicylic Acid Topical

Salicylic acid is a keratolytic (peeling agent). Salicylic acid causes shedding of the outer layer of skin...learn more »

clobetasol topical Clobetasol Topical

Clobetasol is a highly potent steroid that helps reduce inflammation in the body...learn more »

dexamethasone (oral) Dexamethasone (oral)

Dexamethasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

prednisolone Prednisolone

Prednisolone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

cyclosporine Cyclosporine

Cyclosporine weakens your body's immune system, to help keep it from "rejecting" a transplanted organ such as a kidney. Organ rejection happens when the imm...learn more »