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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, 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
Ebb and flow!: Psoriasis can come and go, or remain static. Since i look for psoriasis, 1/2 of my psoriatic patients do not know they have psoriasis before my exam! do they then have psoriasis? It previously was invisible to them! of course they do, but most have mild disease. Mild disease can become severe plaque psoriasis or psoriasis vulgaris. The new drugs can remit most patients with severe disease! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many Options: Psoriasis is a chronic skin and joint disease for which there are many good treatments. The choice of treatment depends on the severity of skin and or joint involvement and can be as simple as topical treatments or more aggressive systemic/injectable medications. It's important to know that there is no cure for this disease and we still do not know what actually causes it. See a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis at age 8 in 1987..I am now 33 and recently had a biopsy done and was told I have varucca keratosis?
Verrucous keratosis: Verrucous keratosis represent either seborrheic keratosis or verruca vulgaris. Sometime histological distinction cannot be made between them. They are benign growths and are not related to psoriasis. They do not go away with creams but can be taken off by the dermatologist. ...Read more
Not commonly: It mostly affects back, torso and abdomen mostly, Most psoriasis lesion/rash/plaques does not involve with hands. If hands were involve is mostly with dorsal skin of hands then Palm. But I rarely see any guttate psoriasis with hand involvement; mostly with pustular psoriasis or psoriasis vulgaris. ...Read more
Can pityriasis rosea only have herald patch with 2 small dots on other parts of body?all non itchy.how to tell difference of psoriasis n Pityriasis R?
Typically PR has: more spots and more diffuse presentation over torso and upper arms and legs. But anything is possible. It is very different than psoriasis vulgaris which has large plaques with silvery scales on top, PR has small macules (flat) that have oval shape with minimal scale. Guttate psoriasis can more mimic PR however distribution is different and lesions round not oval. A dermatologist will know the dif ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer