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How to cure psoriasis?

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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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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Wbc 2.2, neutrophil 1.0, RBC 4.4, basophils 0.01. What can be wrong with me? Is it dangerously low? Other blood tests seem normal. I have psoriasis

Wbc 2.2, neutrophil 1.0, RBC 4.4, basophils 0.01. What can be wrong with me? Is it dangerously  low?  Other blood tests seem normal. I have psoriasis

Not psoriasis: But you may be on medication for your psoriasis that can do this. Sometimes you can have cyclic neutropenia producing this without there necessarily being anything very serious, but would definitely follow up with the doctor who ordered this. A bone marrow aspirate and biopsy may be in order, depending upon your clinical presentation and the rest of the CBC values. ...Read more

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I had a ERYTHROCYTE SEDIMENTATION RATEor ESR test done and my result was 9. I have psoriasis and am wondering what this result means?

I had a ERYTHROCYTE SEDIMENTATION RATEor ESR test done and my result was 9. I have psoriasis and am wondering what this result means?

Normal: that is a normal result. But it doesn't really mean anything in relation to your psoriasis. If you are wanting to heal your psoriasis, I would start with a different diet, usually skin issues have something to do with food allergies. You can start by eliminating 7 key foods that can cause problems and see if you feel better give it a month . Gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, nightshades, ...Read more

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My regular md told me there is no test to see if I have psoriasis but reading answers here, I see you can do a biopsy test. What is true?

My regular md told me there is no test to see if I have psoriasis but reading answers here, I see you can do a biopsy test. What is true?

Both in a way: Your doctor is correct. There is no specific test for psoriasis. The diagnosis is usually based on history and physical exam. In atypical cases or if the diagnosis is not clear a biopsy may be done to rule out other conditions. Other than that, there are no specific tests to confirm or exclude this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hi I am having psoriasis. Recently I had blood test . Everything is normal except 25 OH VITAMIN - 12.9 ng /ml E.S.R -20 mm/1 Hr MCHC 35 % can you suggest me something out of these figures .. Is it a condition for arthritis ?

Hi I am having psoriasis. Recently I had blood test . Everything is normal except 
25 OH VITAMIN - 12.9 ng /ml 
E.S.R -20 mm/1 Hr 
MCHC 35 % 


can you suggest me something out of these figures .. Is it a condition for arthritis ?

Labs: Lab results are meaningful only in the context of the person. High MCHC in a healthy person may simply be a problem with the calibration of the machine or reflect that reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. I'd ignore sed rate / ESR. You'll do yourself a huge favor if you address the vitamin D issue -- sunlight, diet, supplements. ...Read more

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Do you have a blood test for psoriasis ?

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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I m 35 yr old male, suffering from psoriasis since last 3 years. Recently got my sgot and sgpt done.the test value for sgot and sgpt is 48.32 and38.24?

I m 35 yr old male, suffering from psoriasis since last 3 years. Recently got my sgot and sgpt done.the test value for sgot and sgpt is 48.32 and38.24?

Medication or liver: These elevated liver tests could be related to medications you're taking to lifestyle to liver infections, to alcohol to , to fatty liver, diabetes to name a lot of possibilities. Your physician will look at a lot of these possibilities to see if there's any problem that he or she can identify ...Read more

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I recently increased my intake of Vit D to correct level highlighted in blood test. I think it is helping my psoriasis. What is the max dose? thanks

I recently increased my intake of Vit D to correct level highlighted in blood test. I think it is helping my psoriasis. What is the max dose? thanks

Vitamin D: The max dose is 5000 unit tablets once a week but most people need only 1000 units a day at a cost much lower than the 5000 unit tablets. It is available over the counter. Remember - too much of a good thing is no good for you. ...Read more

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29y/o Male with psoriasis. in the past 6 years, always had high Uric Acid level in blood tests : 8.6 to 8.8 mg/dl. how do i find the reason and cure ?

Found in Psoriasis: Approximately 40-50% of people with Psoriasis have elevated uric acid. It is reported to be due to high skin cell turnover and impaired uricolysis. It can be lowered with uricosuric drugs and gout attacks treated with anti-inflammatories. Report in N.I.H./NLM. ...Read more

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What should be the routine lab tests for a 70 yr old person with DM, Psoriasis and CKD? and how often they should be carried out?

What should be the routine lab tests for a 70 yr old person with DM, Psoriasis and CKD? and how often they should be carried out?

3-6 months: The correct answer is " it depends". If you are someone who needs closer monitoring - then your doctor will choose to follow closely - say in case your numbers change or were getting worse. Else 3-6 months will be a good answer. ...Read more

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I think my liver, heart and Kindneys are inflamed because of Psoriasis and PsA. What tests can be done to monitor Liver, Heart & Kidney inflammation?

I think my liver, heart and Kindneys are inflamed because of Psoriasis and PsA. What tests can be done to monitor Liver, Heart & Kidney inflammation?

ESR and CRP: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate, ESR or Sed rate and C-reactive protein are general markers of inflammation. If both are elevated, either one can be used for follow-up to assess the effects of treatment. ...Read more

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Ive been feeling really tired lately, been suffering from anxiety,i had thyroid test done T4 was 1.10 and Tsh was 7.570 also have psoriasis,any help?

Ive been feeling really tired lately, been suffering from anxiety,i had thyroid test done T4  was 1.10 and Tsh was 7.570  also have psoriasis,any help?

Hypothyroid: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your TSH level is consistent with low thyroid function and you should consult your doctor for replacement medication. Psoriasis and hypothyroidism are probably unrelated to each other. ...Read more

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Mild Psoriasis sufferer, chronic pain right forarm & elbow. Blood tests 80 titre ana, positive anticentromere. Psoriatic arthritis or scleroderma?

Mild Psoriasis sufferer, chronic pain right forarm & elbow. Blood tests 80 titre ana, positive anticentromere. Psoriatic arthritis or scleroderma?

Occam's Razor: Usually Systemic Sclerosis and/or limited Scleroderma is not characterized by arthritis like you describe. The typical biomarker the anti Scl-70 (anti-topoisermorase). Symptoms have to be put into context and better described than elbow and forearm pain. This one you should see a rheumatologist about. Dermatology would be useful as well. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Face getting darker, small red rashes under the skin that look like blood clot, muscle pain. Can this be early signs of psoriasis? Is there any test?

Face getting darker, small red rashes under the skin that look like blood clot, muscle pain. Can this be early signs of psoriasis? Is there any test?

See Your Doctor Now: Symptoms given do not point to a specific condition & is not consistent with Psoriasis: a genetic, immune related disease that causes thick scaly skin in specific distribution/joint pain in 30%. Labs given also non-specific. Description given of face rash may be petechial (low platelets) & with muscle pain could be viral. Further work-up is needed. See doctor now for correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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What is psoriasis?

Skin condition: Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition probably on an autoimmune basis. ...Read more

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What causes psoriasis?

Inherited: Psoriasis is an inherited inflammatory condition that waxes and wanes. Treatment is generally directed towards control of symptomatic flares. Although no cure, there are many treatment options to help you stay reasonably clear. These include topical steroids, vitamin d derivatives, oral medications, phototherapy and biologics. Your doctor will recommend treatment based on the extent of disease. ...Read more

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