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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Overview)

An autoimmune disease that causes itchy, thickened, skin lesions on the skin, nail changes, and occasionally joint arthritis. It is not contagious.


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Whats pustular psoriasis!?

Whats pustular psoriasis!?

Rare Form: Pustular psoriasis is a rare type of psoriasis that results in painful white (pus-filled) bumps on the hands and/or feet. It is very painful and debilitating often coexisting with painful swollen fingers/toes and symptoms of arthritis. It can be one of the most challenging forms of psoriasis to treat. See a dermatologist for help. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
1,050 doctors shared insights

Psoriasis (Overview)

An autoimmune disease that causes itchy, thickened, skin lesions on the skin, nail changes, and occasionally joint arthritis. It is not contagious.


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Methatrexate for psoriasis?

Methatrexate for psoriasis?

Can be excellent: Can be an excellent drug, if the severity of the psoriasis requires it and with close monitoring for side effects. ...Read more

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Living with Psoriasis (Checklist)

Ask your doctor if you're a candidate for UV light therapy
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Review your medications with your doctor to verify that none are making your psoriasis worse
Once
Apply sunscreen liberally
Daily
Quit smoking if you smoke, as tobacco can cause psoriasis flares
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Is psoriasis contagious?

Is psoriasis contagious?

No: Psoriasis affects up to 3% of the population, is common, has many presentations and levels of severity and is not contagious. ...Read more

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How does psoriasis develop?

How does psoriasis develop?

Don't know: The cause of psoriasis is still unknown. Many theories, no final answer. Genetics have been suspected, but twins’ studies showed no clear conclusion. Alternation of immune system or autoimmune disorder has been favored. Recent popular regimens like biologics are based on such understanding and actually presenting very promising results. Infection has been a known cause of certain type of psoriasis. ...Read more

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Is psoriasis a symptom of hiv?

Is psoriasis a symptom of hiv?

NO, but . . .: Hiv patients can have psoriasis, but having psoriasis does not mean at all that the affected patient has hiv. I hope you understand that they can co-exist in the same patient but are not cause-effect related at all! ...Read more

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Atopic dermatitis and atopic skin linked?

Atopic dermatitis and atopic skin linked?

The same thing: I think you are saying the same thing. Atopic dermatitis is the clinical disease state, while atopic skin may just be skin that can have atopic flares. I think the terms you mentioned really are the same thing. ...Read more

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Is guttate psoriasis worse than regular psoriasis?

Is guttate psoriasis worse than regular psoriasis?

Guttate psoriasis: Guttate psoriasis is a sometimes fast spreading psoriasis which involves small lesions with a very fine scale. This can be associated with a strep throat which should be completed treatment to allow the treatment for psoriasis to work. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Scaly plaques: Psoriasis is characterized by red, silvery-white scaly patches on the elbows, knees, limbs, and scalp. The rash may itch, burn, or sting. ...Read more

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How are sclap psoriasis and seborrhoeic eczema different?

How are sclap psoriasis and seborrhoeic eczema different?

Sometimes overlap: Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp can often overlap with scalp psoriasis in a disease termed sebopsoriasis. Both conditions are from scalp inflammation. The treatments are often quite similar using topical steroid solutions/shampoos/foams and keratolytic (scale removing) shampoos and topicals. See a dermatologist to see if you have one or the other or the combined form (sebopsoriasis). ...Read more

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What autoimue dease shows sign of serve psoriasis but shows signs of step infection but has a nasty red dry rash which cause pain ?

What autoimue dease shows sign of serve psoriasis  but shows signs of step infection but has a nasty red dry rash which cause pain 
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Psoriasis: Psoriasis is itself an autoimmune disease. The other thing to keep in mind is having one autoimmune disease makes you more likely to have others. People with lupus, for example, often have schogren's syndrome or psoriasis or other autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Scalp psoriasis.What is treatment?

Scalp psoriasis: Daily shampooing with a good dandruff shampoo is helpful. There are prescription lotions containing corticosteroids which are also very helpful. If you scalp psoriasis is very severe, strong medications taken internally may be needed. ...Read more

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Is psoriasis genetic?

Is psoriasis genetic?

Psoriasis Genetic: The current thinking it that is skips generations. ...Read more

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Does psoriasis get worse and spread ?

Does psoriasis get worse and spread ?

It can: The course of psoriasis is quite variable. It may worsen and involve greater areas of the skin or stay the same. There are conditions that may make it worse - colder and damp waether or lack of sun exposure, or certain drugs - like withdrawing steroids that worsen the disease. ...Read more

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Negative for ra- dr suspects pa due to occasional rash on elbows..Rash hasn't appeared for several mths..Is there any other was to diagnose psoriasis?

Negative for ra- dr suspects pa due to occasional rash on elbows..Rash hasn't appeared for several mths..Is there any other was to diagnose psoriasis?

Skin biobsy ,Flake: There are no lab tests or blood tests available to confirm or deny the presence of psoriasis. Instead, a doctor must examine the skin and nails closely, sometimes analyzing dry skin under a microscope.Your doctor may take a small sample of skin (biopsy) that's examined under a microscope to determine the exact type of psoriasis and to rule out other disorders. ...Read more

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Can methotrexate treat psoriasis?

Can methotrexate treat psoriasis?

Yes. Agree, but....: Methotrexate can be very effective. However, the first studies raising the specter of liver disease came from psoriasis patients on daily low dose oral mtx!. The first pass effect is dangerous for the liver. Mtx cannot be adjudicated aqs an oral drug. Absorption is variable (40-90%), causes GI upset, and hits the liver first. I only use subcutaneous mtx once weekly. This is the safest! ...Read more

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Is psoriasis genetical?

Psoriasis: Yes psoriasis can run in families but you can also get it without a family history. ...Read more

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Treat psoriasis with cyclosporine?

Treat psoriasis with cyclosporine?

Last resort: Cyclosporine is an effective treatment for psoriasis - but it is usually used only when all else has failed, because it is toxic to the liver and kidneys, among other things, and weakens the immune system. It should never be taken without close monitoring by an expert in its use for that purpose (usually a dermatologist). ...Read more

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Do you have a blood test for psoriasis ?

No: Psoriasis is usually obvious clinically, and few diseases mimic it. When in doubt, it can be biopsied. If you've been told you have psoriasis, but it doesn't seem to be the typical illness, it might be time to get a biopsy or another physician's thoughts. ...Read more