know the symptoms

Did you know? Plaque psoriasis is a prevalent chronic disease.

80% to
90%

of all people living with psoriasis are identified as having plaques

Plaques are marked by raised, reddish patches on the skin.
They may also be covered with a silver-to-white coating.
They can cause:

  • Scaling
  • Itching
  • Pain

Some areas plaques commonly appear include:

  • elbow
  • back
  • knees
If a rash develops that doesn't go away on its own, or with
the help of non-prescription treatment, contact your doctor.

recognizing severity

Plaque psoriasis is different for each person living with the condition. Severity is usually characterized by body area covered.

About
80%

of people with psoriasis are classified as mild-to-moderate

Severity by plaque body surface area (BSA)a

  • MILD

    <5% BSA

  • MODERATE

    ≥5% but also <10% BSA

  • SEVERE

    ≥10% BSA

aDerived from guidelines of care from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). BSA defined by AAD.

Types of treatment

In addition to oral treatments, there are multiple formulations of topical treatments that may be right for you. Learn more about topical plaque psoriasis treatments by clicking through
the Formulation Education resource below.

  • Ointment
  • cream
  • lotion
  • solution
  • Oil-in-Water
    Emulsion
  • foam

OINTMENT

Description

Thick and greasy in nature, mostly made of petroleum jelly

Benefits

Stays on skin surface and traps moisture

Good in cold, dry weather

Works well on thick, scaly lesions

Unlikely to cause burning/stinging

May be useful on very dry skin and on palms and soles

Available in

  • TUBE
  • JAR

Cream

Description

A semi-solid emulsion that is non-greasy to mildly greasy in nature

Benefits

Non-greasy to mildly greasy

Easily absorbed by skin

May be useful for patients with dry or sensitive skin

Unlikely to cause burning/stinging

May be useful for backs of knees, armpits, or elbows

Available in

  • TUBE
  • pump

lotion

Description

A pourable, non-greasy emulsion frequently containing a water-based vehicle

Benefits

Non-greasy in nature

Suitable for hairy areas

Spreadable on large areas of skin

Available in

  • squeeze bottle
  • pump

SOlution

Description

Active ingredient in water or water mixed with alcohol

Benefits

Easily absorbed by skin

Suitable for hairy areas

Spreadable on large areas of skin

Often delivered as a spray

Available in

  • squeeze bottle
  • spray
    bottle

oil-in-water emulsion

Description

A mixture of oil and water

Benefits

Non-greasy in nature

Easily absorbed by skin

Good in cold, dry weather

Spreadable on large areas of skin

Suitable for thick, scaly lesions

Unlikely to cause burning/stinging

Available in

  • spray
    bottle

Foam

Description

A liquid formulation pressurized by a propellant

Benefits

Easily absorbed by skin

Suitable for hairy areas

Spreadable on large areas of skin

Available in

  • applicator bottle

WHAT ARE FORMULATIONS
MADE OF?

  • Active ingredient—the drug component of the formulation
  • Vehicle, such as a cream, ointment, lotion, or liquid containing the active ingredient. Vehicles may help determine how moisturizing, penetrating, and potent the formulation will be
    Formulations may be administered through a delivery system, such as a pump spray or an applicator bottle. This quick guide can help you understand why your dermatologist may prescribe a certain formulation for you. This content is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace a discussion with your healthcare professional.

Talking with your doctor

Interested in discussing plaque psoriasis and treatment options with a doctor?

Consider some of these questions to start the conversation:

  • What is the severity of my psoriasis?
  • Do I have plaques in what might be considered hard-to-reach or hard-to-treat areas?
  • Would a topical treatment be right for my condition?
  • Is a spray treatment a good option for me?

Take these questions with you to your next appointment by downloading the Discussion Starter below.

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