Toronto Psoriasis Centre
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How is Psoriasis Treated?

The goal of psoriasis treatment is to reduce inflammation and to control shedding of the skin. Moisturizing creams loosen scales and help control itching. Special diets have not been successful in treating psoriasis, except in isolated cases; increasing fish in the diet and/or taking fish oil capsules may benefit some patients with psoriasis.

Toronto Dermatology Centre is cutting edge as far as understanding all the medical treatment options as well as the more natural treatment options for psoriasis. Scientific studies now also suggest improvement in psoriasis with weight reduction and stopping smoking.

Psoriasis treatment is based on a patient's health, age, lifestyle, and the severity of the psoriasis. Toronto Dermatology Centre will evaluate your psoriasis on an individual basis and give you the optimal treatment plan for you.

Different types of treatments and several visits to your dermatologist may be needed. Our dermatologists at the Toronto Psoriasis Centre may prescribe medications to apply on the skin containing cortisone compounds, synthetic vitamin D analogues (eg. Dovonex®, Silkis®), combination products (eg. Dovobet®, Enstilar®), topical immunomodulatory creams (eg. Protopic®, Elidel®), and less commonly retinoids (eg. Tazorac®), salicylic acid and tar for your psoriasis.

These psoriasis treatments may be used in combination with natural sunlight or ultraviolet light. The more severe forms of psoriasis may require oral or injectable medications with or without light treatment. Sunlight exposure helps the majority of people with psoriasis but it must be used cautiously.