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Get A Tattoo Psoriasis
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
I've had a tattoo for over a month now and my psoriasis has bursted out on it. Is there anyway I can get my tattoo to look smooth instead of dry/bumpy?
Dermatology: Please go see a dermatologist for evaluation of your psoriasis. He/she may consider some potent steroid or other treatment for your psoriasis. He/she may treat your tattoo appearance with laser and may even be able to erase it. Then, you may have to get your tattoo over again. ...Read more
If I get psoriasis on a tattoo will steroid creams and the psoriasis itself mess up the tattoo permanently?
Can I put clobetasol.05% on a new tattoo (that has a minor psoriasis inflammation under it)? Or will it bleach the tattoo?
Inherited: Psoriasis is generally inherited, though there are also many sporatic cases. It is an immunological condition that causes skin to be thickened and inflamed. It is not curable. Treatment is generally to contain the disease. If localized, it is generally controlled by topical steroid and vitamin d derivative creams. ...Read more
Bad idea IMHO: If this is really psoriasis, any irritation is likely to make it worse. I understand that you'd like to be as attractive as possible, but natural hair is definitely nicer than inflamed scaly skin! Let it be. Until the rash is totally clear for some time, I'd allow the hair to stay. A Rx may help clear the outbreak - see a Dr for best treatment planning. ...Read more
Varies on severity: Small patches may respond well to various potencies of steroid cream, vit. D-like drugs, or vit a-derived meds. Larger areas of involvement may require immunosuppressant therapy like Methotrexate or new immune-modulator drugs like infliximab, etanercept, etc. The latter drugs have many side effects and precautions; so you should be under the care of a specialist in those. ...Read more
What to do if I am 16 and I'm starting to get really bad psoriasis, its really bad on my scalp and its painfull.?
Start with doctor: Start with your regular doctor looking at your scalp to see if it's currently infected - if it's really painful as you say, it likely is. Once you do that, then get an appointment made with a dermatologist. You need both short and long term care. They may even want to start some steroids to get things under control, and then an ongoing regimen of topical treatments to keep things that way. ...Read more
No Cure: Psoriasis is unfortunately a non curable disease at the moment and long term therapy usually involves immunosurpressants (like steroids) with occasional serious side effects. Small areas are generally treated with creams and ointments. Until we have better treatments you will be stuck seeing your dermatologist from time to time. ...Read more
We always try: You can discuss this with your dermatologist. There are many therapies both topically, orally or by injection. Some people have even thought to go gluten-free it can go away. There is no easy answer. You need to have a heart to heart discussion with your physician and dermatologist ...Read more
Sun, medications: Sunshine helps but you have to be cautious because of risk of skin cancer. There are a variety of topical medications, topical corticosterids, vitamin d, local compounds that can help. There medications like methotrexate, biologics that are injected like etanercecept, adalimumab, golimumab and infused like Infliximab that can be used. You need a carefully screen for safety with these. ...Read more
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). ...Read more
I have developed psoriasis already and I'm afraid I will get hodgkin's disease from this. What are the risks involved?
See details: Whether there is an increased risk of lymphoma related to psoriasis remains very controversial. If there is an association, it is with the people with very severe skin involvement. The issue is further complicated by the fact that meds used to treat psoriasis may increase lymphoma risk. In any event, the risk is extremely low. You have much greater worries in life than this issue. ...Read more
You can't: These issues can be effectively controlled but not cured. ...Read more
Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more