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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Overview)

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 not yet been found.


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How does psoriasis develop?

How does psoriasis develop?

Don't know: The cause of psoriasis is still unknown. Many theories, no final answer. Genetics have been suspected, but twins’ studies showed no clear conclusion. Alternation of immune system or autoimmune disorder has been favored. Recent popular regimens like biologics are based on such understanding and actually presenting very promising results. Infection has been a known cause of certain type of psoriasis. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Overview)

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 not yet been found.


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Is psoriasis a symptom of hiv?

Is psoriasis a symptom of hiv?

NO, but . . .: Hiv patients can have psoriasis, but having psoriasis does not mean at all that the affected patient has hiv. I hope you understand that they can co-exist in the same patient but are not cause-effect related at all! ...Read more

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Psoriasis (Tip)

Alcohol consumption in excess has been shown to worsen psoriasis. ...See more

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Living with Psoriasis (Checklist)

Ask if you're a candidate for UV light therapy
Once
Review your meds with your doctor to verify none are making it worse
Once
Liberally use sunscreen
Daily
If you smoke, quit. Tobacco can cause psoriasis flares.
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What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Scaly plaques: Psoriasis is characterized by red, silvery-white scaly patches on the elbows, knees, limbs, and scalp. The rash may itch, burn, or sting. ...Read more

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What autoimue dease shows sign of serve psoriasis but shows signs of step infection but has a nasty red dry rash which cause pain ?

What autoimue dease shows sign of serve psoriasis  but shows signs of step infection but has a nasty red dry rash which cause pain 
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Psoriasis: Psoriasis is itself an autoimmune disease. The other thing to keep in mind is having one autoimmune disease makes you more likely to have others. People with lupus, for example, often have schogren's syndrome or psoriasis or other autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Psoriasis (Tip)

Enjoy the sunshine! Psoriasis symptoms improve with sunlight. ...See more

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Does psoriasis get worse and spread ?

Does psoriasis get worse and spread ?

It can: The course of psoriasis is quite variable. It may worsen and involve greater areas of the skin or stay the same. There are conditions that may make it worse - colder and damp waether or lack of sun exposure, or certain drugs - like withdrawing steroids that worsen the disease. ...Read more

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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?

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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Psoriasis (Tip)

Living with psoriasis can be frustrating so you’ll want to do everything to avoid the triggers. ...See more

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Do you have a blood test for psoriasis ?

No: Psoriasis is usually obvious clinically, and few diseases mimic it. When in doubt, it can be biopsied. If you've been told you have psoriasis, but it doesn't seem to be the typical illness, it might be time to get a biopsy or another physician's thoughts. ...Read more

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Psoriasis (Tip)

Visit the national psoriasis foundation at www.Psoriasis.Org. ...See more

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Psoriasis (Tip)

Red silvery plaques, pitted nails and arthritis light and meds saved me. ...See more

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Is there something in particular that causes psoriasis?

Heredity: A genetic predisposition is what leads to the skin condition called psoriaisis. Certain drugs such as lithium can aggravate psoriaisis. In a few cases it can be associated with a strep throat or food allergy. These are triggers which worsen the psoriasis in susceptible individuals. ...Read more

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Does early psa with spinal involvement without the skin condition mean a severe psoriasis attack in future?

Does early psa with spinal involvement without the skin condition mean a severe psoriasis attack in future?

No: Joint and skin severity are not related. More aggressive arthritis does not lead to more severe skin involvement and increased skin involvement does not increase the risk of arthritis. ...Read more

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Psoriasis (Tip)

You do not have to live with it. There are extremely effective treatments availabble. ...See more

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What's the best way to treat psoriasis?

Depends on severity: There is not a single best way to treat psoriasis. Mild psoriasis is generally treated with topical steroids and vitamin d derivatives. More severe cases are treated with uv light, and systemic medications. Goal of therapy is to keep the disease under acceptable control without causing too many side effects from chronic treatment as we do not have a cure for psoriasis. ...Read more

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