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American Academy of Dermatology Issues New Guidelines For The Management of Psoriasis With Topical Therapies
Date:3/2/2009

tration with a medication's efficacy, the inconvenience of applying medication daily and poor choice of the medication's vehicle," said Dr. Hanke. "We strongly encourage physicians to consider measures to improve patient adherence, including choosing topical medications with adequate potency to achieve a favorable clinical response and working with the patient to select the preferred vehicle."

Other Topical Treatments

The guidelines also outline other topical treatments - such as non-medicated topical moisturizers, salicylic acid, anthralin, coal tar and various combination therapies - as adjunctive therapies that could, in some cases, enhance other topical treatments.

"Establishing an effective treatment regimen is crucial in managing not only the psoriasis, but patients' adherence to their medications and overall satisfaction with their outcomes," added Dr. Hanke. "These guidelines are intended to further our understanding of how topical therapies can be used to successfully manage and treat psoriasis in most patients, but dermatologists and patients need to continually review all of the available options to ensure the best chance for long-term management of the condition."

To learn more about psoriasis, visit the PsoriasisNet section of www.skincarephysicians.com, a Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high sta
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