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Plaque psoriasis, the most common form of psoriasis, causes dry, raised, red skin lesions (plaques) covered with silvery scales. The plaques itch or may be painful and can occur anywhere on your body. You may have just a few plaques or many. The skin around your joints may crack and bleed.

Your psoriasis may improve with certain lifestyle measures, such as:

  • Avoiding excess drying or irritation of the skin
  • Applying nonprescription cortisone cream and heavy, ointment-based moisturizer
  • Learning and avoiding personal triggers of psoriasis, such as stress

Moderate or severe cases may require light therapy, prescription steroid creams, topical tar preparations, oral medications or a combination of these.

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