Can an over-the-counter ointment cure psoriasis?

There is no scientifically proven cure for psoriasis yet.

By Sunanda Naik  Published on  23 May 2023 10:26 AM GMT
Can an over-the-counter ointment cure psoriasis?

An advertisement for over-the-counter medication for psoriasis is doing the rounds on social media. The viral advertisement claims that this magical ointment treats itching, rashes, and even severe skin and immune condition like psoriasis.

What is Psoriasis?

“Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease (a disease with an unclear cause that is characterized by inflammation caused by dysfunction of the immune system) that causes inflammation in the body. There may be visible signs of inflammation such as raised plaques (plaques may look different for different skin types) and scales on the skin,” according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Fact Check

NewsMeter found the claim to be false as psoriasis is an incurable condition.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, “Although there is no cure, there are more effective treatments for psoriasis today than ever before. Treating psoriasis can help improve symptoms as well as lower the risk of developing other health conditions such as psoriatic arthritis, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and depression.”

Moreover, Medical News Today says, “There is currently no cure for psoriasis, but treatment can bring about the complete or nearly complete remission of skin lesions. The effectiveness of current treatments hints at a possible cure in the future.”

Healthline, too, reiterates that psoriasis is a lifelong condition that cannot be cured but adds, “Medications and lifestyle changes may help you achieve remission or a reduction in symptoms, and there are lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the effects of inflammation on your body.”

It also warns that “treatment must continue for you to see results, and your psoriasis could return or flare up if you stop treatment or your condition is triggered.”

Psoriasis cannot be controlled by any home remedy or random over-the-counter ointment. Always seek your dermatologist’s advice before starting or stopping the treatment. It is evident that psoriasis cannot be cured. Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:An over-the-counter ointment cure psoriasis.
Claimed By:Social media user
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Facebook
Claim Fact Check:False
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