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Is psoriasis caused by a fault in your immune system?

Is psoriasis caused by a fault in your immune system?

Generally yes: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease and the predisposition is inherited. Technically, it is caused by an abnormality in the immune system. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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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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Can psoriasis attack your immune system or any other health concerns? If not treated

Vice versa: Psoriasis is most likely the result of an altered immune system and thus not the cause. It has been linked to other health issues including cardiac diseases. There is also psoriatic arthritis with joint destruction. So the answer is yes when the condition is not treated. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can take by mouth to help with the situation of psoriasis i am dealing with this problem too much and i wonder if this is an immunological problem and how can i help my immune system to keep the psoriasis away and also if this has t

Otezla is oral: Otezla is a new oral medication for psoriasis. The main side effects in 10% of the cases include diarrhea and nausea. This can be bypassed if you start the medication slowly. First do 10mg per day, then 20 mg per day, then 30 mg per day off of one sample pack. The next sample pack you can do 30mg twice a day. ...Read more

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I have had hives for 3 weeks. I thought it was a reaction to a new acne cream I had tried (benzoyl peroxide), but that would have to be out of my system by now. I have had psoriasis on my knees and elbows, but these hives seem to be exacerbating the psori

I have had hives for 3 weeks. I thought it was a reaction to a new acne cream I had tried (benzoyl peroxide), but that would have to be out of my system by now. I have had psoriasis on my knees and elbows, but these hives seem to be exacerbating the psori

Simple hives: Agree. Simple hives can last weeks, months, years. Unfortunately by 3 weeks causes become difficult to know. Often immunologic hives from a virus go for a few weeks. If longer, or if bruises, joint pain, throat swelling, need consult. Check kidney, liver, autoimmune, chronic infection, even for cancer. Need a good sit down w/ allergist, dermatologist to confirm hives and test. ...Read more

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How does pneumonia affect the integumentary system?

How does pneumonia affect the integumentary system?

Pneumonia: The integument is the skin and the mucous membranes. These structures are not affected as a primary focus of pneumonia, which is an inflammation of the lungs involving the air spaces (alveoli) and the tissues separating them (intraalveolar septi). Not entirely sure what you are asking beyond this. Please rephrase the question if I have not answered you satisfactorily. ...Read more

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How can hemophilia affect the integumentary system?

How can  hemophilia affect the integumentary system?

Bruising...: Hemophilia is a defect in your blood's ability to clot properly. If this coagulation system is not working well, as happens in hemophilia, a person can have excessive bleeding and bruising. The skin itself (part of the integumentary system) is fine, but hemophilia can manifest itself as large bruises under the skin and excessive bleeding from a cut in the skin. ...Read more

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Um how do I explain the effect of Addison's disease to the integumentary system?

Um how do I explain the effect of Addison's disease to the integumentary system?

Skin darkening: Addison's disease (primary adrenal insufficiency) is associated with high ACTH levels from the pituitary gland. Other hormones are also made from the pituitary (MSH) that can stimulate melatonin production in the skin, causing skin darkening (similar to a suntan) ...Read more

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How does the integumentary system protect the body's internal living tissues and organs?

How does the integumentary system protect the body's internal living tissues and organs?

Largest organ: It is a waterproof covering, the first line of defense against infection, allows us the sense of touch, and it helps define our shape. ...Read more

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How could a spinal cord injury affect the musculoskeletal system and the integumentary system?

How could a spinal cord injury affect the musculoskeletal system and the integumentary system?

Weakness, numbness: The paralysis from spinal cord injury causes varying degrees of weakness and muscle loss (atrophy), depending on the severity of the injury. There may also be spasticity or tightness of the muscles, putting a person at risk of contractures (joint rigidity). Numbness from spinal cord injury places a person at risk of developing pressure sores-- pressure relief is paramount for prevention. ...Read more

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Aren't type II diabetes and psoriasis co-related?

Aren't type II diabetes and psoriasis co-related?

Likely: See
http://www.Futurity.Org/health-medicine/strong-link-between-psoriasis-and-diabetes/

also one medicine for diabetes seems to help psoriasis- pioglitazone. ...Read more

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What to do if I have psoriasis i can't take it any more?

What to do if I have psoriasis i can't take it any more?

See dermatologist: If you haven't seen a dermatologist, you should start there. If you have failed treatments your dermatologist has tried, then consider seeing a rheumatologist who can prescribe you a either low dose weekly Methotrexate and/or a tnf-inhibitor, like enbrel, remicade, (infliximab) or humira. Thes are great, highly effective drugs that can clear up psoriasis if given at sufficient doses. Good luck! ...Read more

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Have post inflammatory pigmentation from psoriasis. Concerned it won't clear? What do I do?

Have post inflammatory pigmentation from psoriasis. Concerned it won't clear? What do I do?

Some help!: Much of pigmentation problems is not do directly to psoriasis, but scratching lesions and getting secondary low grade infections. This is self-excorriation, and may occur during sleep. A compbiantion h1 and h2 blocker can help with itching. If due to severe psoriasis or secondary infection, skin "lighteners" can help. Laser therapy is also an expensive option! improvement will occur with time! ...Read more

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I haven't been to the doctor, but I think I might have psoriasis. What are the major presenting symptoms?

I haven't been to the doctor, but I think I might have psoriasis. What are the major presenting symptoms?

Skin plaques: Patients with psoriasis will typically have thickened plaques with silvery scale, often on erythematous bases. Common locations are elbows, knees and certainly the trunk. Often patients will only have scalp psoriasis. A dermatologist will be able to help you with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does psoriasis go away?

Does psoriasis go away?

YES, remission: Remission of psoriasis is possible but usually depends upon the severity : so the more severe cases may be less likely to resolve completely but may improve over time. It is best to see a dermatologist and follow their treatment plan. ...Read more

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Will my psoriasis ever clear?

Yes, but: Psoriasis cannot be cured but there are severeal therapies which can produce a dramatic improvement. Speak with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What does psoriasis look like?

What does psoriasis look like?

Psoriasis: Psoriasis causes areas of dry, red, flaky skin called psoriatic plaques. These lesions can be found on many parts of the body, including the face, hairline, and scalp. Plaques are itchy and can be painful.
Nearly 90% of people with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis. ...Read more

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What will help cure psoriasis?

Psoriasis: There is no cure for psoriasis only control. There are topical medications such as clobex and vectical. There is phototherapy. And finally there are the systemics such as the biologics which include enbrel, humira, remicade, stelara, (ustekinumab) and others. See your dermatologist for treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat psoriasis?

Psoriasis: New medications that block an inflammatory protein called tumor necrosis factor (tnf) are becoming the treatment of choice for psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. These include:
adalimumab (humira), Etanercept (enbrel), golimumab (simponi), Infliximab (remicade). ...Read more

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What can I do to treat psoriasis?

What can I do to treat psoriasis?

Many options: Depends on severity and if you have joints involved. If mild, usually prescription topical cortisones are first line. If mod-severe then consider biological injections such as Enbrel (etanercept) or ultraviolet light. You need to see a derm that is known for psoriasis treatment. ...Read more

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How do you cure psoriasis disease?

Truth: no cure: Psoriasis is a chronic dermatitis that can evolve or diminish over years. There is an autoimmune aspect that can involve a number of organs that can be more troublesome than the skin rash. Dermatologists and rheumatologists are specialized in treating this condition. See a doctor. ...Read more

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How severe can my psoriasis become?

How severe can my psoriasis become?

Ebb and flow!: Psoriasis can come and go, or remain static. Since i look for psoriasis, 1/2 of my psoriatic patients do not know they have psoriasis before my exam! do they then have psoriasis? It previously was invisible to them! of course they do, but most have mild disease. Mild disease can become severe plaque psoriasis or psoriasis vulgaris. The new drugs can remit most patients with severe disease! ...Read more

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Can i pass my psoriasis to my baby?

Can i pass my psoriasis to my baby?

No: Psoriasis is not a communicable disease (it is not infectious). However, psoriasis is genetically-determined and if a close 'blood' relative has psoriasis , there is an increased (but small) chance of developing the condition. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever cleared up psoriasis?

Has anyone ever cleared up psoriasis?

Controllable: Like many chronic diseases psoriasis can be controlled but not cured. Some folks do enjoy complete clearing, or nearly so. I encourage you to explore new options to treat with your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about psoriasis?

See details.: Google the subject and read for yourself. The space provided for answers is not sufficient to answer. ...Read more

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How can I better control my psoriasis?

See a dermatologist: They are really no good home remedies. I would suggest a dermatology consultation as there are several new and very effective therapies for psoriasis. ...Read more

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Is psoriasis bad for your overall health?

Yes: People with psoriasis have a variety of health problems beyound the skin. Some of the skin can be very extensive and the fingernails can be involved. Also the nails can be involved but beyond that there is a type of arthritis call ed psoriatic arthritis and there can be 5 types. Beyond that there is risk for heart disease and even lymph nodes cancer such as lymphoma. ...Read more