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Skin diseases treatment options


You want more information on skin diseases treatment options. This page tells you more about the treatment methods for the following skin problems:
- Pimples (zits, spots, acne)
- Fungal nail infection (onychomycosis)
- Warts
- Psoriasis

Pimples

Pimples are common, particularly in teenagers and young adults. At the drugstore, you can often find remedies against pimples. If they do not help sufficiently and you keep having problems with pimples, you can visit your doctor. He or she can prescribe drugs against pimples, such as antibiotics, isotretinoins or, for women that use the pill, another birth control pill. These drugs can have side effects. Thus, it is important that you consider how much the pimples bother you and what treatment you prefer.

Fungal nail infection

Fungal nail infections are common. They are characterized by nails that look thick and yellowish. In general, they are harmless. Usually, they only require treatment if they bother you. They can be treated with antifungal creams. If this is insufficient, it may be necessary to take antifungal pills. 

Warts

Warts can be treated for example by applying creams or liquids, by scraping them away, by laser surgery, or by cryotherapy (using extreme cold). Warts are usually harmless. They often disappear spontaneously within a few years.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that is not contagious. The most common form of psoriasis, known as psoriasis vulgaris is characterized by red, scaly patches on the skin. These patches are often painful and itchy. Some patients experience joint pain. Psoriasis can be treated for instance with pills, injections, UV-light and/or laser light.

Skin diseases decision aids

Below, you can find a list of decision aids. They tell you more about the possible skin diseases treatment options for the problems that are mentioned above. They can assist you in finding answers to the following questions: Shall I go to the doctor for my acne? Do I want to take antifungal pills for my fungal nail infection? Should I treat my warts? What should I do against my psoriasis? The answers to these questions depend on your personal situation and wishes. Therefore, the decision aids can help you to form your own opinion.

Pimples (OHRI): multiple decision aids about the treatment methods EN

Fungal nail infections (OHRI): taking antifungal pills or not EN

Warts (OHRI): treating or not EN

Psoriasis: treatment possibilities (pdf) EN