Psoriasis treatment: traditional therapy
- 1The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
- 2University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
- Correspondence to:
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Even before the recent development of biological agents, a long list of effective treatments has been available for patients with psoriasis. Topical therapies such as corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, and retinoids are used for localised disease. Phototherapy including broadband ultraviolet B (UVB), narrowband UVB, PUVA, and climatotherapy are effective for more extensive disease. Systemic therapies such as methotrexate, retinoids, and ciclosporin are effective for patients with refractory or extensive cutaneous disease.
Competing interests: Dr M Lebwohl or members of his faculty have been investigators for: Abbott Laboratories, Allergan, Amgen/Wyeth, Biogen, Centocor, Connetics, Fujisawa, Galderma, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis. In addition, Dr Lebwohl has been a consultant and/or speaker for: Allergan, Amgen/Wyeth, Biogen, Connetics, and Fujisawa. Dr Koo has been a consultant for Allergan, Amgen/Wyeth, Biogen, Connetics, Fujisawa, Genentech, and Novartis.