Psoriasis topical treatments: dithranol

Steven, Lucy and Adam have tried topical treatments containing dithranol. Dithranol is a short term treatment for psoriasis on the legs, arms and/or trunk of the body. It’s a strong chemical and can only be left on the skin for a limited period of time before it needs to be washed off. Adam heard about dithranol online and asked his GP for it. He doesn’t think the GP was aware of the risks and Adam ended up leaving it on too long which burnt his skin badly. Some types of dithranol treatments are applied in hospital where the treatment is supervised by medical professionals.To limit the chances of side effects,

Steven’s dermatologists suggest he slowly increases the strength of the dithranol topicals he’s using and does test patches each time. Lucy uses a dithranol scalp solution which she can keep on overview because it contains a lower percentage of the chemical. She alternates using the dithranol solution on her scalp every other night before bed and a home remedy of olive oil on the other night.


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