Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) treatments aren’t one-size-fits-all, and that’s a good thing. It means that you can work with your health care provider to find the right psoriasis treatment — or combination of psoriasis treatments — for you that reduces or eliminates your symptoms. Staying up-to-date with what’s new and what your options are when it comes to treatment can help.
PsA can affect one in three patients with psoriasis. But treatments for it are available and can help relieve pain, reduce swelling, help keep joints working properly, and possibly prevent further joint damage. Your health care provider will recommend treatments based on the type of PsA, its severity, and your reaction to treatment.
Topical treatments are applied to the skin and are often the first treatment recommended to a newly diagnosed person. Topicals can be purchased over the counter or by prescription.
Phototherapy, or light therapy, involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis under medical supervision. Phototherapy is administered in a health care provider's office, clinic, or at home with a phototherapy unit.