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Doctor insights on: Psoriasis Prevalence

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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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Is psoriasis genetic?

Is psoriasis genetic?

Psoriasis Genetic: The current thinking it that is skips generations. ...Read more

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Is psoriasis genetical?

Is psoriasis genetical?

Psoriasis: Yes psoriasis can run in families but you can also get it without a family history. ...Read more

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Can nail psoriasis perceeds systemic manifestations of psoriasis ?

Can nail psoriasis perceeds systemic manifestations of psoriasis ?

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

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Is pityriasis lichenoides chronica associated with hiv?

Is pityriasis lichenoides chronica associated with hiv?

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

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Is guttate psoriasis worse than regular psoriasis?

Is guttate psoriasis worse than regular psoriasis?

Guttate psoriasis: Guttate psoriasis is a sometimes fast spreading psoriasis which involves small lesions with a very fine scale. This can be associated with a strep throat which should be completed treatment to allow the treatment for psoriasis to work. ...Read more

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Does kid qualify for vaccine exempt with family hist of scleroderma, Raynaud's, psoriasis, scoriatic arthritis, and personal hist of eczema and celiac?

Does kid qualify for vaccine exempt with family hist of scleroderma, Raynaud's, psoriasis, scoriatic arthritis, and personal hist of eczema and celiac?

No: Vaccines will prevent you from getting serious diseases which might complicate your personal history of eczema and celiac disease. Go see your Pediatrician and get all protections you can. ...Read more

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What increases risk for nummular dermatitis?

What increases  risk for nummular dermatitis?

Dermatitis: A number of health conditions, allergies, genetic factors, physical and mental stressors, and irritants can cause dermatitis. ...Read more

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Is psoriasis linked to other diseases?

Is psoriasis linked to other diseases?

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 more

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How effective is phototherapy treatment for pityriasis lichenoides chronica on african americans?

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

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Atopic dermatitis and atopic skin linked?

Atopic dermatitis and atopic skin linked?

The same thing: I think you are saying the same thing. Atopic dermatitis is the clinical disease state, while atopic skin may just be skin that can have atopic flares. I think the terms you mentioned really are the same thing. ...Read more

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What's puva's value for atopic dermatitis?

What's puva's value for atopic dermatitis?

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

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Why is asthma prevalence higher in african american/black and other minority populations?

Why is asthma prevalence higher in african american/black and other minority populations?

See below:: Probably due to a variety of social factors: disparities in health care access and communication; neighborhood social structure; and environmental effects of living in low quality living conditions. ...Read more

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How to cure psoriasis?

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 more

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Is lichen planus associated with hiv?

Occasionally : Most patients with lichen planus do not have hiv. Some patients with HIV may develop lichen planus. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What is incontinentia pigmenti - rare genetic condition?

What is incontinentia pigmenti - rare genetic condition?

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

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Is psoriasis related to lupus?

Is psoriasis related to lupus?

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

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Is psoriasis an autoimmune disease?

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 more

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