Ann Rheum Dis 64:ii83-ii86 doi:10.1136/ard.2004.030791
  • Psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis: treatment

Psoriasis treatment: traditional therapy

  1. M Lebwohl1,
  2. P T Ting2,
  3. J Y M Koo2
  1. 1The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
  2. 2University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
    M Lebwohl
    5 East 98th Street, New York, NY 10029-6574, USA;


    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.