The ABCs of making your treatment effective

Help get the most out of your treatment

Psoriasis is a lifelong condition but, used properly, treatments can help you to effectively manage it; and plaques may even be cleared with the right treatment and care.

Treatment may sometimes seem like a hassle, but it’s important to weigh up the long-term benefits against the short-term drawbacks.

For some people, treatment may help their plaques to disappear completely for weeks, months and in few cases even years. Others may find that, although they always have some plaques, using their treatment significantly eases their symptoms.1

Researchers have found that many people with psoriasis who have been prescribed a topical treatment don’t use it as directed.

Using topical treatments

Many people with psoriasis who have been prescribed a topical treatment don’t use it as directed1– either they use too little or they don’t apply it regularly.

To get the best results:
  • Always use as directed
  • Try to apply the treatment directly to your psoriasis, avoiding the surrounding skin.
  • Make the treatment part of your daily routine – for example, by applying it at the same time each day.

Other psoriasis treatments

There are different treatments available, and they all have a common goal: to improve your psoriasis. Whichever one you use, it’s important that you use it as directed and know that each psoriasis treatment works differently. Some therapies start to work faster than others.

No matter which treatment you are prescribed the following advice always applies:
  • Follow the instructions that come with your treatment
  • Use the treatment in exactly the right quantity and for the full length of time prescribed
  • Discuss when you should stop using the treatment with your doctor. With several medications, stopping suddenly can cause problems, so he or she may advise you to cut down gradually.

Key treatment questions you may want to ask

If you are in any way unsure about how to use your treatment, it may be helpful to write out a list of questions to ensure that all your concerns are covered. You might like to consider:
  • How should I apply my treatment?
  • How often do I need to use my treatment?
  • How does it work?
  • How soon might I see results?
  • How long will I need to use my treatment?
  • What are the possible side effects of my treatment?
  • Can I combine this treatment with another medication?
  • What is it about this treatment that makes it the most suitable one for me?


  1., p. 1, Last accessed date: 11 Aug 2015