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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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I have a rash on my elbow. I think it is psoriasis. What should I do?

Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Board Certified, Dermatology
14 years in practice
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I have a rash on my elbow. I think it is psoriasis. What should I do?

See a dermatologist: Psoriasis affects men and women equally and has a bimodal age distribution (peaks between ages 20 to 30 years and again between the ages of 50 to 60). Best thing to do is to see a dermatologist to have an accurate diagnosis and then get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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My 8th mnt daughter has skin rashes on head,elbows,knee,bumps,cheeks,neck,arm.her dad has psoriasis..cud it be d same n is it serious?using cetaphil.

Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
52 years in practice
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My 8th mnt daughter has skin rashes on head,elbows,knee,bumps,cheeks,neck,arm.her dad has psoriasis..cud it be d same n is it serious?using cetaphil.

Itchy?: At this young age, I would be more suspicious of eczema (atopic dermatitis) which may be linked to food allergies as well as airborne allergens. If these rash itch, then eczema is more likely. If you are using Cetaphil lotion, be sure to use it regularly and apply it within 3 mins after bathing. Talk to your pediatrician. A discussion of eczema can be found elsewhere. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
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Psoriasis = blotchy rash on the elbow?

Dr. Donald Shenenberger
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Psoriasis = blotchy rash on the elbow?

Psoriasis: Psoriasis on the elbow is usually a thickened, silvery scaled plaque that may have a reddish base. Blotchy rashes are not usually psoriasis. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Negative for ra- dr suspects pa due to occasional rash on elbows..Rash hasn't appeared for several mths..Is there any other was to diagnose psoriasis?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Negative for ra- dr suspects pa due to occasional rash on elbows..Rash hasn't appeared for several mths..Is there any other was to diagnose psoriasis?

Skin biobsy ,Flake: There are no lab tests or blood tests available to confirm or deny the presence of psoriasis. Instead, a doctor must examine the skin and nails closely, sometimes analyzing dry skin under a microscope.Your doctor may take a small sample of skin (biopsy) that's examined under a microscope to determine the exact type of psoriasis and to rule out other disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. John Goldman
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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I have a dry cough for decades now. Also, I have a rash on my elbows and genital lesions next to my testicles. Is it possible to be psoriasis?

Dr. John Goldman
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I have a dry cough for decades now. Also, I have a rash on my elbows and genital lesions next to my testicles. Is it possible to be psoriasis?

Rash could be: Cough uncertain relationship if this is psoriasis. The distribution and type of rash needs to be confirmed by a dermatologist. The long term cough also needs evaluation. If the rash is not psoriasis it may be related to the cough. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Rosner
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I'm only 19, and i think I have psoriasis on my elbow, what to do?

Dr. Steven Rosner
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Psoriasis in teens: Try an otc moisturizer cream with 1% Hydrocortisone cream 2x/day. If no improvement see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Black elbows due to psoriasis, very rough, both elbows, what can I do to rectify?

Dr. Jack Mutnick
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
12 years in practice
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Psoriasis: Seeing your dermatologist would be good. But you need to lotion, without scrubbing, as often as you can. You can also compound lotions with topical corticosteroids to be applied multiple times per day but you must seek this advice from your treating dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Psoriasis on elbows/knees. Will this get worse if untreated?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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Psoriasis on elbows/knees. Will this get worse if untreated?

Not necessarily: Psoriasis can remain very localized and not spread in many cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
23 years in practice
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I have psoriasis any cutting edge miracles on the horizon? I have plaque psoriais on elbows & ankles.Medicine just isn't working anymore. Anything new out there or alternative to help?

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
23 years in practice
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I have psoriasis any cutting edge miracles on the horizon? I have plaque psoriais on elbows & ankles.Medicine just isn't working anymore. Anything new out there or alternative to help?

There is always: Something new. To find cutting edge medicine, contact an academic medical center. They usually have trials with the latest medications. Here, in new york, i had 2 patients go for psoriasis. Both with bad cases, both were entered into trials and both are very happy with their treatments. I am sure, each state likely has such programs. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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I have psoriasis on my elbows, etc .But i've been dealing with a red irritated dry flaky and itchy face. Been using witchhazel & caster oil..What 2do?

Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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I have psoriasis on my elbows, etc .But i've been dealing with a red irritated dry flaky and itchy face. Been using witchhazel & caster oil..What 2do?

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

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Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

Skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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