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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Psoriasis is 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
Hemoglobin dropped 9.8 to 8.9 in less than 2 mos. Iron, B12 ok, no hep, no hiv. Now being checked for lupus-already have psoriasis. If that's negative then do bone marrow biopsy. Is this really bad?
Check for bleeding: Occult blood loss can also cause HGB to drop as can unfortunately, some types of cancers. I don't mean to scare you but have you had an abdominal ultrasound, checked for hidden blood in stool, etc. If not, you should. Are you also fatigued or have any abnormalities? Ask doctor to be very diligent in your work up. Have you had an serum protein electrophoresis. You should have complete anemia check. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I keep get biological false positive syphilis (through rpr) i dont have lupus.i do have psoriasis. can i have BFP and never get autoimmune disease.
Yes: Plenty of folks have biologic false positives and are otherwise completely healthy. ...Read more
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
I have psoriatic arthritis with features of lupus. The arthritis is in both hips, lower back and neck. What is my prognosis?
My dsdna double strand reference was 3.45 and very symptomatic.. S this a positive for lupus how is it scored?
Possibly: this is one of the many blood tests used to diagnose lupus..you should consult your rheumatologist to have them run a full battery of tests ...Read more
This last 2 weeks feel so run down between p.O.T.S and lupus... Im 27 i want to feel normal. But i don't think ill ever be "normal" again. :/?
See below: Go the lupus foundation of america's website to find a support group for lupus patients near you. I think you would find this beneficial and you would also learn how other patients cope with the disease. ...Read more