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The Three Stages of Psoriasis Treatment

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Stage 1 Treatments: Topical Corticosteroids

A prescription-strength corticosteroid cream is usually the first treatment for psoriasis. These creams are applied to your skin to block psoriasis inflammation. They can be almost 1,000 times stronger than the steroid creams available over the counter at your drugstore. Because you may become resistant to these creams over time, your doctor may want you to use them only when your psoriasis is active.

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