If you’re having psoriasis symptoms there are a range of treatments available. If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic plaque psoriasis (the most common type) then you can order treatment online from us.
Fill in a short assessment with 2 photos of your symptoms attached. Your Online Doctor will check and make sure treatment is right for you. If it is your treatment can be posted to you or you can collect in store.
|Dovonex||1, 2, 3 x 30g tube(s)||From £33.00|
Dispensing and standard delivery included.
Click & Collect: free (available for next-day collection in Alpha XR Pharmacies)
Next Day Delivery: £3.99
Please note – where a generic product has been ordered we may use a range of manufacturers in order to provide you with your medication, in order to maintain our service levels
There’s a few ways to treat psoriasis:
How does psoriasis treatment work? – psoriasis can’t be cured, so treatment usually works by reducing symptoms. Psoriasis causes growth of scaly skin that normally causes itching and other symptoms. Treatments will generally improve these symptoms and reduce the growth of the scaly skin. Also, when used long-term, some treatments can help prevent you getting symptoms as often.
Dovonex can be a good first choice – this is a safe and effective treatment for people with mild to moderate psoriasis. 73.8% of people who use Dovonex at least 2 times a day will report some of their symptoms improve. It is a topical treatment, which means it won’t cause whole-body side effects in the same way as systemic treatments would. Compared to other topical treatments, like corticosteroids, it’s also less likely to cause side effects.
Topical treatments are normally used first – if you have mild-to-moderate psoriasis, topical treatments (treatments which are applied directly to the skin) are the first prescription treatments a doctor would normally recommend. Topical treatments include vitamin D treatments like Dovonex, as well as others like corticosteroids, coal tar, calcineurin inhibitors etc.
Moisturising – a doctor would usually recommend a type of moisturiser called an emollient for treating psoriasis. If you’re using a treatment like Dovonex, a doctor would still recommend you use a moisturiser several times a day, especially after bathing. They help reduce water loss from your skin and provide a protective layer over your skin to avoid irritation.
For more serious symptoms – topical treatments and phototherapy may not be enough if you have very serious psoriasis symptoms. In this case, you would need to see a specialist dermatologist (skin doctor) who would examine you and suggest other treatment options.
Yes, you can buy treatments like Dovonex online – Alpha XR’s Online Doctor service can help you get assessment for treatment with topical vitamin D cream. You need to have been diagnosed with chronic plaque psoriasis, used Dovonex or similar before and then you can order prescription treatment with us.
What about buying other treatments? – we only offer topical creams for psoriasis. You can get other treatments by speaking to your GP about your symptoms. They can help you get other topical treatments or phototherapy if it’s right for you.
Do I have psoriasis symptoms? – you can’t say for sure that you have psoriasis just from looking. If you do get the typical patches of scaly skin and you’re experiencing other psoriasis symptoms then you might need treatment. However, there are lots of other health conditions that might give you similar symptoms so you can’t know for sure.
How do I get a diagnosis? – in order to get diagnosed with chronic plaque psoriasis, or any other type of psoriasis, you need to see a doctor. They will be able to check that are actually having psoriasis symptoms and then make a proper diagnosis.
Do you need treatment all the time? – when you have psoriasis, you will be unlikely to have symptoms all the time. Psoriasis symptoms come and go during periods of time called ‘flare ups’. How often you get flare ups vary from person to person. Flare ups can happen in response to ‘triggers’ which are situations that cause your symptoms to happen. These can be things like high levels of stress or cold weather.
Risk of side effects – psoriasis treatment can cause side effects, like any other medical treatments. Treatment with Dovonex can cause a number of side effects, including:
What to do about side effects – if the side effects are mild you may want to just put up with them. If you don’t think you can put up with them then see your doctor about switching treatments. You can send your Online Doctor a message through your account if you have any questions about side effects.
Emergencies – you should seek medical help right away if you get any symptoms of an allergic reaction.
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