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Psoriasis (Definition)

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


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My fiance has psoriasis and in the future we want to have kids. What is the likelihood that our kids will get/show it, and will they carry on the gene

My fiance has psoriasis and in the future we want to have kids. What is the likelihood that our kids will get/show it, and will they carry on the gene

Small risk: There is a genetic component to psoriasis so there is a 50% chance a child will inherit the predisposition. However, even if that happens, the risk of developing psoriasis is relatively small. One large study put the risk at about 12% if a parent has the disease but I am not sure that the exact risk has really been definitively determined. ...Read more

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My dad and husbands aunt are both different versions of colorblind. What are the chances our young child will be colorblind? How soon can we tell?

My dad and husbands aunt are both different versions of colorblind. What are the chances our young child will be colorblind? How soon can we tell?

Difficult to know: The risk of colorblindness from your father to your son is 50%, a daughter has almost no risk of colorblindness. The heredity pattern from your husband's aunt is difficult to know. ...Read more

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Will my boyfriend be able to tell the baby isn't his? The other man has the same hair color and skin tone. They don't look super different.

Will my boyfriend be able to tell the baby isn't his? The other man has the same hair color and skin tone. They don't look super different.

Maybe: Your looking at a lie that could last decades and be used for torture in some future battle of words. You might get away with it. You might also get caught early by a quirky family trait. Since at least half of couples eventually break up, the battle that ensues could bring this out. The real father could become suspicious and decide he wants his kid. ...Read more

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My father and grandfather are nearly bald, so does that mean I'll be bald as well ?

My father and grandfather are nearly bald, so does that mean I'll be bald as well ?

Not necessarily.: Interestingly, most of the genetic risk for male pattern baldness comes from your mother's side of the family, not your father's. If men on your mother's side of your family tend towards balding as they age, you are more likely to go bald than if just the men on your father's side of the family go bald. However, there's no certainty one way or another. ...Read more

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Will my child lose her hair due to leukemia treatment?

Will my child lose her hair due to leukemia treatment?

Yes: It is easiest to say yes although treatments vary. Most leukemia therapies hit rapidly growing cells (ie cancer cells) but also affect normal fast growing cells like those in the GI tract, skin and hair follicles. The idea is to strike a balance that kills cancer cells but lets the normal cell recover. So, the hair will grow back, and unlike someone my age...It will grow rapidly. ...Read more

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My sister has Atopic Dermititis. Her skin is scarred all over. What are some things to have in mind to help stop the itch? Can Pueraria Mirifica help?

My sister has Atopic Dermititis. Her skin is scarred all over. What are some things to have in mind to help stop the itch? Can Pueraria Mirifica help?

SEE A DERMATOLOGIST!: Soak in a shower or bath. Avoid caustic soaps (Ivory). Avoid antibacterial soaps. Immediately after using your towel, rub in a cream for dry skin. I favor those with ceramides such as Eucerin Eczema Care cream. Get a prescription cortisone. Triamcinolone cream .1% comes in a 1# jar. For the eyelids use tacrolimus ointment .1% Forget the herb from the jungle in SE Asia. It is a waste of money. ...Read more

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Can my husband pass on his alopecia universalis to our kids?

Can my husband pass on his alopecia universalis to our kids?

Very unlikely: This is most often from alopecia areata which is a sporadic autoimmune disease. Even if he does, there's no point worrying. I'd imagine that have a totally smooth husband or wife would be really nice. I know bodybuilders who have all their hair removed. 95% of good looks in a man or woman is physical fitness and overall self-care. That's entirely under your kids' control. ...Read more

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My sister says she has calluses and corns. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has calluses and corns. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Yes: It tends to be common in families but there is no specific gene. It also has to do with what kind of shoes you wear. ...Read more

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I have PsA but not the skin condition, there's a family history of both. Do all patients with Psoriatic arthitis develop the skin condition?

I have PsA but not the skin condition, there's a family history of both. Do all patients with Psoriatic arthitis develop the skin condition?

No: Some people only get the arthritis. Sometimes the psoriatic skin condition comes years after the arthritis starts. I am very careful before I diagnose PSA in a patient without psoriasis. For me, a very careful detailed history from the patient and physical exam are helpful in this situation. ...Read more

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My sister says she has ringworm on the scalp. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has ringworm on the scalp. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Sometimes: Ringworm is actually a fungal infection (not a worm) of the skin. You can treat it with over the counter antifungals such as Clotrimazole cream (and there are many others). It is transmitted by contact between family members and close acquaintances. If it persists longer than about 2 weeks, you might want to see a dermatologist for alternative applications. ...Read more

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My brother is 76, been diagnosed with advanced acute' meloid leukemia they say there no treatment that will help him due to his age. Is there no ?

See leukemia expert: Sorry to hear about your brother. This type of leukemia (AML) is an aggressive leukemia that usually is treated with multiple chemotherapy drugs that have many side effects. Some older patients can tolerate this therapy but it depends on their overall medical status. There are some mild chemotherapy drugs that can help control the leukemia. Your brother should see a leukemia specialist. ...Read more

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Can father doner liver for your son with liver cirrhosis but father carry this disease ?

Can father doner liver for your son with liver cirrhosis but father carry this disease ?

Not contagious: If tissue matches father can donate , part of his healthy liver to the son , of course he should have non cirrhotic liver , cirrhosis is not transmitted genetically , and not contagious. ...Read more

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I lost all hair on scalp & body, doctors claim that this happened due to medications for ulcerative colitis. How long will it take them to grow back?

I lost all hair on scalp & body, doctors claim that this happened due to medications for ulcerative colitis. How long will it take them to grow back?

When u stop the med: Likely you are taking a medication called azathioprine, which is used in some cases as an immunosuppressant. One of the side effects is hair loss, or alopecia. If this is the case, you may ask your GI doctor to try to reduce the dose or find another drug. Once this happens, you should see hair growth in a few months. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get huntington’s disease even if neither parent had it? At least, neither of my parents showed symptoms, but they both died before age 50. My doctor wants me to get tested based on my symptoms and the fact that i remember my grandfather

Is it possible to get huntington’s disease even if neither parent had it? At least, neither of my parents showed symptoms, but they both died before age 50. My doctor wants me to get tested based on my symptoms and the fact that i remember my grandfather

Doctors : Doctors who recommend genetic tests, such as a test for huntington's disease, should not do so without providing thorough counseling, including providing information and answering all questions about the reason for ordering the test, the reliability of the test, and the consequences of both positive and negative test results. If they are unable to provide this counseling, they should arrange for referral to a geneticist. Huntington's disease is a complicated neurodegenerative disorder that can cause involuntary writhing, dance-like movements of the limbs, other abnormal movements, personality changes and psychiatric symptoms, heart disease and other problems. It is an uncommon condition (about 5-10 cases per 100000 people). Huntington's disease is caused by a mutation in the huntingtin gene. Inside this gene is a stretch of dna that consists of repeating sequences the genetic code letters, or nucelotides, c, a, and g. These three nucleotides can be repeated (cagcagcag...) dozens of times. The number of "trinucleotide repeats" seems to determine if and when the disease will make itself known. People with less than 28 repeats are normal. People with 28 to 35 repeats are "intermediate". People with 35 to 40 repeats may or may not develop huntington's disease. People with more than 40 repeats will be affected, and the higher the number of repeats, the earlier the disease starts. Trinucleotide repeat diseases like huntington's disease (there are others), are characterized by a property called "anticipation." anticipation means that children of people with huntington's often develop the disease at an earlier age than their parents did. This was first noticed even before anything was known about trinucleotide repeats. After the repeats were discovered, it was found that children had more repeats than their parents. The number of repeats tends to increase more if the father carried the abnormal gene. So, unfortunately, it is possible for a child of parents who never showed any signs of huntington's disease to develop the disease. This is particularly true if the parents died at an early age, before signs of the disease might be noticed. ...Read more

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