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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
Possibly: Less than 5% of people with nail psoriasis have only that as a manifestion of psoriasis. In other words the majority of people with nail psoriasis have more diffuse disease- on skin or systemic. It might preceed more systemic disease but in a small number of cases it could be the only sign of psoriasis. ...Read more
Usually not: There have been a few reports of HIV patients with this illness which has come and gone as HIV levels change. It's quite common and by no means indicates you are infected. Savvy "health care consumers" get checked for HIV from time to time even if they're not doing risky things. Go ahead. Best wishes. ...Read more
Does kid qualify for vaccine exempt with family hist of scleroderma, Raynaud's, psoriasis, scoriatic arthritis, and personal hist of eczema and celiac?
Yes: Patients with psoriasis have a higher risk of developing skin cancers and cardiovascular disease. For this reason, it is recommended that those with psoriasis get general skin checks at least once yearly, and establish care with a primary care doctor to monitor cholesterol and be educated on heart disease prevention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How effective is phototherapy treatment for pityriasis lichenoides chronica on african americans?
Pityriasis lichenoid: It is difficult to treat but I have had some caucasian patients that have responded to phototherapy for this condition. Since black skin contains a spf of about 12 the dose of the light would need to be adjusted. It is a relatively benign treatment so it is worth a trial. ...Read more
My friend has been diagnosed as nail psoriasis only , can nail psoriasis perceeds systemic manifestations of psoriasis?Is there any surgical cure?Thx
Help severe patients: Puva is a last resort therapy for patients with atopic dermatitis; most can be controlled and treated with other methods, and puva treatments increase the risk that a patient will develop skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. A study from japan in 1993 showed 81% of patients responded. Only an experienced dermatologist does this treatment. Link: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8485113. ...Read more
Incontinentia: pigmenti is an uncommon inherited disorder of an incomplete IKBKG gene that causes increased tendency for certain body cells to self-destruct. It is more common in women and primarily affects the skin, eyes, nails and teeth. Most people are spared neurologic involvement, but delayed development, intellectual impairment and seizure may occur. ...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
Psoriasis : Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. One 's own immune system mistakes the skin as not self and attacks the skin by producing excess cytokines . In response body produces excess skin cells which pile up as red white scaly patches or plaques on top layer of skin called epidermis . There are 5 types of skin lesions called plaques , pustular, guttate, inverse and erythrodermic ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers