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Can Psoriasis Spread From One Person To Another
An autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Psoriasis can itch: There are many things that can make psoriasis spread and flare. Stress, smoking, alcohol, some medications, scratching, some infections (strep throat). Psoriasis can also be very itchy. If you are not seeing a dermatologist for your psoriasis, you should be. They can be very helpful in managing this difficult chronic disease. Remember, psoriasis has no cure. Bummer, I know.
See details: The best option depends on the severity of the skin involvement. Often topical cortisone creams are adequate for mild, localized disease. Phototherapy is also valuable. For more severe disease, biologic agents such as strattera, (atomoxetine) enbrel, Humira and Remicade are extremely effective.
Location?: Both rashes can be scaly, psoriasis more scaly, can be silverish scales. Common on elbows, eczema less so. Psoriasis can have fingernail pitting (tiny holes in nails). Eczema not. Eczema associated with other allergies; stress, seasonal. Psoriasis-- knees too. Or see your doctor or dermatologist.See 1 more doctor answer
Control, not cure: There is as yet no cure for psoriasis, but we have lots of options for controlling it. "before it spreads" suggests that you only have it on localized areas, which means topical steroid creams and vitamin d derivatives may be all you need. If not, there are ultraviolet light treatments, oral drugs like soriatane, methotrexate, and cyclosporine, and biologic drugs like enbrel, humira, and stelara (ustekinumab).
Are there any new psoriasis treatments out that work more effectively than older ones (more than 4 years) I have psoriasis
Yes: If your psoriasis is fairly extensive the tnf inhibitors are extremely effective medications. See a dermatologist.
When I was growing up, we just worried about cuts and scrapes. Now it seems my grandkids have friends with all sorts of conditions. Latest one is psoriasis. I've never heard of that.?
Chronic disease: Psoriasis is a chronic recurring autoimmune skin disease with a strong hereditary component. Can appear as large scaly patches affecting only certain parts of the body (ie: elbows, knees, scalp, hands, feet, nails) or the entire body. It can be mild to severe, be triggered by stress or other factors. Can be treated with topicals, oral meds, biologics (injectables), light therapy.See 1 more doctor answer
Will careful use of a tanning bed help my psoriasis? Assume that I am using one of the older beds that had both uva and uvb.
Many: There are many meds you could use. See your dermatologist to discuss your options.
I have a guttate psoriasis. How long this takes to clean up? Which one cream is the best for this skin problem? I need to live with this forever?? : (
See details: It is treatable but not curable. You need to be under the care of a dermatologist. Topical agents are often not effective enough.
Psoriasis has spread to whole scalp this past year, how to prevent it to spread further? Will it? My father has it all over body and random patches.
See details: See a dermatologist and start treatment. There are very effective meds.
I have taken the acitretin drug before one and half years (august' 2012) for my psoriasis. Can I plan for my pregnancy in august '2014. Please advise.
Is there any cure for psoriasis? What precautions can one take for the psoriasis effect around the fingers and knuckles?
Psoriasis: Different from the traditional systemic drugs that impact the entire immune system, biologics target specific parts of the immune system. The biologics used to treat psoriatic diseases act by blocking the action of a specific type of immune cell called a t cell, or by blocking proteins in the immune system, such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (tnf-alpha) or interleukins 12 and 23. No cure.See 1 more doctor answer
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