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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

An autoimmune disease that causes itchy, thickened, skin lesions on the skin, nail changes, and occasionally joint arthritis. ...Read more


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Is psoriasis related to lupus?

Is psoriasis related to lupus?

Lupus and psoriasis: Association of psoriasis with systemic and discoid is very uncommon though has occurred .If a suspicion for such is strong it requires thorough evaluation by an expert with clinical exam , blood studies and skin biopsy confirmation.It is important to differentiate as Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) used for lupus can exacerbate psoriasis and steroids used in both diseases can relapse psoriasis at withdrawal. ...Read more

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What's puva's value for atopic dermatitis?

What's puva's value for atopic dermatitis?

Help severe patients: Puva is a last resort therapy for patients with atopic dermatitis; most can be controlled and treated with other methods, and puva treatments increase the risk that a patient will develop skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. A study from japan in 1993 showed 81% of patients responded. Only an experienced dermatologist does this treatment. Link: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8485113. ...Read more

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Is there any possibilities that you misdiagnosed psoriasis from eczema?

Is there any possibilities that you misdiagnosed psoriasis from eczema?

Sure: Theclinical presentation can be similar. Have a dermatologist take a look. If one already has, you can always get a second opinion. ...Read more

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What causes psoriasis?

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What causes psoriasis?

Inherited: Psoriasis is an inherited inflammatory condition that waxes and wanes. Treatment is generally directed towards control of symptomatic flares. Although no cure, there are many treatment options to help you stay reasonably clear. These include topical steroids, vitamin d derivatives, oral medications, phototherapy and biologics. Your doctor will recommend treatment based on the extent of disease. ...Read more

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What are differential diagnoses for lichen sclerosis without white spots?and alternative treatment methods for lichen sclerosis? Allergic to Dermovate

What are differential diagnoses for lichen sclerosis without white spots?and alternative treatment methods for lichen sclerosis? Allergic to Dermovate

Diagnosis: Lichen sclerosis is a diagnosis. Differential diagnoses are the possible diagnoses for a set of symptoms. To give you a differential diagnosis we would need to know your symptoms. The definitive diagnosis of lichen sclerosis is made by biopsy. Hope this helps. ...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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Is spongiatic dermatitis related to dermatitis herpaformis?

Is spongiatic dermatitis related to dermatitis herpaformis?

Yes & No: In skin biopsy, spongotic findings only mean that there are fluid present and not a finding for a specific skin disease. ...Read more

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Scalp psoriasis.What is treatment?

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 an autoimmune disease?

Is psoriasis an autoimmune disease?

Psoriasis : Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. One 's own immune system mistakes the skin as not self and attacks the skin by producing excess cytokines . In response body produces excess skin cells which pile up as red white scaly patches or plaques on top layer of skin called epidermis . There are 5 types of skin lesions called plaques , pustular, guttate, inverse and erythrodermic ...Read more

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Please help docs! is lichen sclerosus related to scleroderma?

Please help docs! is lichen sclerosus related to scleroderma?

Lichen sclerosus: Read this: http://www.Niams.Nih.Gov/health_info/lichen_sclerosus/default.Asp.

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Would an ANA test show lichen schlerosis, vitiligo or hyperthyroidism?

Would an ANA test show lichen schlerosis, vitiligo or hyperthyroidism?

May be helpful!: These conditions , vitiligo, hyperthyroidism, and lichen sclerosis could be related to an autoimmune disorder in which case ANA may be positive. ...Read more

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Doctor is psoriasis in cureble?

Doctor is psoriasis in cureble?

Yes: Psoriasis cannot be cured but there are extremely effective medications available to treat it. See a dermatologist for guidance for this problem. ...Read more

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Whats suggested shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis?

Whats suggested shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis?

Seborrheic Dermatiti: Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo is used in the treatment of dandruff, which can be a chronic and embarrassing condition that likely will not completely go away but can be successfully treated. Dandruff usually can be treated with over-the-counter medications.... ...Read more

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How to cure psoriasis?

Psoriasis: There is no cure for psoriasis only control. There are prescription topical steroids. There are intralesional steroid injections. The biologics like Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, (infliximab) and Otezla are very effective at treating psoriatic arthritis and also the skin lesions of psoriasis. Patients with psoriasis are also prone to cardiovascular disease but the biologics help reduce this. ...Read more

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Biopsy petechiae right arm: spongiotic psoriasiform dermatitis w/purpura. Drug eruption in a pt. W/underlying psoriasis or eruptive psoriasis exacerbated by a drug. What does this mean? Drug allergy?

Biopsy petechiae right arm: spongiotic psoriasiform dermatitis w/purpura. Drug eruption in a pt. W/underlying psoriasis or eruptive psoriasis exacerbated by a drug. What does this mean? Drug allergy?

See your doctor: This is what is called a "descriptive" path report. In these cases we construct a list of conditions that can produce this type of reaction pattern then try to narrow it down if possible. In these cases a good solid history needs to be taken to identify any possible cause (drug or other). I am afraid this can be a challenging process and sometimes we do not find the actual diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle)?

Is there a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle)?

SLE treatment: Systemic lupus erythematosus (sle) is a long-term autoimmune disorder that may affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs. There is no cure for sle. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms. ...Read more

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What is psoriasiform spongiotic dermatitis?

What is psoriasiform spongiotic dermatitis?

Not a diagnosis: This is a non-specific description of a skin biopsy. It can be useful only when used with clinical correlation by a dermatologist. ...Read more