Types of plaque psoriasis treatments
Though many people assume that plaque psoriasis is just a skin disease, it actually starts inside the body—so it's important to keep that in mind.
If you’ve been living with plaque psoriasis for a while, you and your dermatologist have probably tried a lot of different things to treat it. Most (though not all) treatments for plaque psoriasis fall into 2 categories: systemic or non-systemic. Systemic treatments are generally taken as pills or injections. Non-systemic treatments are generally applied directly to the skin’s surface.
Treatments that work inside the body to help reduce plaque psoriasis symptoms. Systemic medications include:
- Oral medications: Pills, tablets, or capsules taken by mouth. Otezla is one of these.
- Injectable biologics: Medications that are injected into the body to act on a specific function of the immune system.
Treatments that are applied to the skin's surface to help reduce plaque psoriasis symptoms. Non-systemic medications include:
- Topical medications: Creams, lotions, and salves that are applied to the skin's surface to help reduce symptoms.
- Phototherapy: Also known as light therapy, phototherapy involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis.