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    Top Plaque Psoriasis Treatment Options

    Plaque psoriasis is a condition that causes skin cells to build up on the surface of the skin, which can result in scales and dry, itchy patches. Most researchers agree that plaque psoriasis is caused by an issue with the immune system, and flare-ups can be triggered by stress, infections and exposure to cold and other things. Although there is no cure for plaque psoriasis, there are several medications that can help control symptoms. These medications may include steroids, antirheumatics, anti-inflammatories, immunosuppressants and other medications. If you're suffering from plaque psoriasis, see the top questions and answers below. 

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    Which immunosuppressants are commonly prescribed to treat plaque psoriasis?

    Immunosuppressants include Taltz (ixekizumab), Consentyx (secukinumab) and Stelara (ustekinumab), which work by reducing the effects of substances in the immune system that can cause inflammation. 

    How do topical steroids help treat plaque psoriasis?

    Topical steroids, such as Sernivo (betamethasone dipropionate), are topical creams or ointments used to prevent the release of substances in the body that may lead to inflammation. Oftentimes, topical steroids are the first line of treatment for plaque psoriasis and other skin conditions. 

    What is Humira?

    Humira (adalimumab) is an antirheumatic medication used to reduce the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation. Humira is typically used to treat moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis when other medications have not been successful. 

    What is Tremfya used for?

    Tremfya (guselkumab) is a monoclonal antibody medication used to block a certain protein in the body that may cause inflammation. It is used to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults. 

    Can I take multiple medications to treat plaque psoriasis?

    Your doctor may combine medications or different treatments in order to find the most effective treatment possible. Always tell your doctor if you're taking any other medications (prescribed or over-the-counter) before beginning any new medications.

    What are other treatment options for plaque psoriasis?

    In addition to medications and topical ointments and creams, other treatments for plaque psoriasis may include light therapy, lifestyle changes, including stress management and dietary changes and other alternative therapies. Talk to your doctor to find out if these options are right for you. 

    How do I know which medications and treatments are right for me?

    Your doctor can help you decide which medications may be right for you. It's important to let your doctor know if you have any allergies or are taking any other medications, as some medications may interfere with your psoriasis medications.

    What other antirheumatic medications may be prescribed?

    Other antirheumatic medications include Enbrel (etanercept), Otezla (apremilast) and Inflectra (infliximab).Talk to your doctor to learn which medications are right for you.