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In general, steroid tablets (such as prednisolone, for example) are not used for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. However, small injections of steroid are often used to treat specific joints or inflamed areas.
The aim of a steroid injection is to reduce pain and inflammation around the area where it has been injected. These can be given every three to six months, although long term use of steroid injections is not common – if you need longer-term treatment, your Rheumatologist make talk to you about trying a Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug (DMARD) treatment.
The information on this page is also available in our psoriatic arthritis - first line treatments information sheet.