Chronic plaque psoriasis is the commonest form of a common disease. It is usually treated with topical preparations of dithranol, tar or corticosteroids, but each has drawbacks. Dithranol and tar may irritate the skin and stain skin and clothes. Steroids alone may be ineffective or lead to rebound worsening of psoriasis when treatment is stopped; in addition the more potent ones have both local and systemic adverse effects if used long term.1
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