The basics of making your treatment effective


Psoriasis is a lifelong condition but, used properly, treatments can help you to effectively manage it; and plaques may even be cleared for periods of time with the right treatment and care. Treatment may sometimes seem like a hassle, but it’s important to weigh up the long-term benefits against the short-term drawbacks.

For some people, treatment may help their plaques to disappear completely for weeks, months and in few cases even years. Others may find that, although they always have some plaques, using their treatment significantly eases their symptoms.

Researchers have found that many people with psoriasis who have been prescribed a topical treatment don’t use it as directed.

Using topical treatments

Many people with psoriasis who have been prescribed a topical treatment don’t use it as directed – either they use too little or they don’t apply it regularly or for a long enough time period.
To get the best results:
  • Try to apply the treatment directly to your psoriasis, avoiding the surrounding skin.
  • Don’t apply too much, but also be aware that it won’t be as effective if you apply too little.
  • Make the treatment part of your daily routine – for example, by applying it at the same time each day.
  • Moisturizing daily with an emollient cream can help to soften the skin. Use the moisturizer in between your treatments

Other psoriasis treatments

There are lots of different treatments available, and they all have a common goal: to improve your psoriasis. Whichever one you use, it’s important that you use it as directed and know that each psoriasis treatment works differently.

No matter which treatment you are prescribed the following advice always applies:
  • Follow the instructions that come with your treatment
  • Use the treatment in the right quantity and for the full length of time prescribed
  • Discuss when and how you should stop using the treatment with your doctor. Stopping suddenly can cause a flare-up, so he or she may advise you to cut down gradually.
  • If you do happen to miss the treatment, just make sure you get back into a routine as quickly as possible following your doctor’s instructions.

Key treatment questions you may want to ask

If you are in any way unsure about how to use your treatment, it may be helpful to write out a list of questions to ensure that all your concerns are covered. You might like to consider:
  • How should I apply my treatment?
  • How often do I need to use my treatment?
  • How does it work?
  • How soon might I see results?
  • How long will I need to use my treatment?
  • What are the possible side effects of my treatment?
  • Can I combine this treatment with another medication?
  • What is it about this treatment that makes it the most suitable one for me?