4 Benefits of Tracking Your Psoriasis Symptoms

By Claire Gillespie
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
May 05, 2022

Although there’s no cure for psoriasis, many different treatments and self-care practices can relieve symptoms. Treatments range from topical medications applied directly to the skin to phototherapy and even systemic treatments (oral or injected medications that target inflammation throughout the whole body). Your treatment will likely depend heavily on the severity of your condition.

“Sometimes, psoriasis can be quiet and easy to control, while at other times your skin can flare, leading to more psoriasis and more symptoms,” says Tina Bhutani, M.D., Kopa expert and co-director of the Psoriasis and Skin Treatment Center at the University of California San Francisco.

The trick—and, indeed, the challenge—is to find what works best for you, because everybody is different. And in some cases, a treatment can work for months or even years, and then stop working. Yes, it’s frustrating, but it’s a common part of the process and a possible sign that it may be time to try something new.

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