You shouldn’t take creams or gels containing the vitamin A analogue tazarotene if you’re pregnant. This could potentially harm your baby. There are also some psoriasis medicines that you take by mouth that you should avoid when you’re pregnant. If you’re considering trying for a baby, talk to your doctor about your psoriasis treatments. For further information, see our treatment section.
No, tanning sunbeds are not helpful for psoriasis. Ultraviolet (UV) light therapy (phototherapy) prescribed by a dermatologist is tightly controlled, making it safe and effective for psoriasis. Using a commercial sunbed isn’t a safe or effective alternative. For further information about light therapy see our treatment section.
There are likely to be several factors involved. Genetics plays a major part. You may have other people in your family who have psoriasis. Certain factors may trigger psoriasis if you are at risk of developing the condition. These include throat infections, damage to your skin, certain medicines and lifestyle factors. For further information, see our causes section.
Psoriasis causes inflamed patches of skin that may look red or scaly. Exactly how it affects your skin can be different for different types of psoriasis. It can affect your finger and toenails too, causing tiny holes (pitting) or thickening. It can also cause pain, swelling and stiffness in your joints. For further information, see our symptoms section.
There isn’t a cure for psoriasis. But it does tend to come and go over time. You may have periods without any symptoms at all. When your symptoms do flare up, there are things you can do and treatments you can use to help get them under control. There is more information in our self-help and treatment sections.
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