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Many Treatments Come In Lotion, Cream, Or Ointment Form?

How do I choose among these? When comparing many different formations of a specific medication, the ointment formulation is often the most potent. The oil-based ointment formulation creates a barrier over the skin, allowing more medication to penetrate, and is somewhat more resistant to washing and rubbing off. More sophisticated formulation techniques are changing this […]

What Are My Options For Topical Treatments?

Fortunately, many different topical treatments are available to treat psoriasis. Your initial choices may depend on recommendations from your doctor, and different therapies are usually used over time. Topical Steroids Topical steroids are the mainstay and first choice for mild psoriasis treatment. For most patients, this is the first treatment they will try. Among topical […]

What is a Topical Treatment and Systemic Treatment?

Treatments for psoriasis can generally be classified as “topical” or “systemic” based on how the medication reaches psoriatic skin. Topical treatments include creams, lotions, ointments, solutions, or foam directly applied to skin affected by psoriasis. Topical treatments are composed of an active ingredient mixed into a vehicle or base, usually a cream or ointment, to […]

What If I Don’t Like My Doctor?

The decision to change doctors is a personal one based on your experiences and further questions you may have. You might wish to change physicians when a physician cannot suggest further treatment options or if you feel that communication with your physician is not effective. Several resources exist for finding a physician expert in psoriasis, […]

Should I Get A Second Opinion On My Diagnosis Or Treatment?

Because psoriasis is usually a clinical diagnosis, you might wonder if the diagnosis is accurate. For the majority of people with the most common or classic signs of psoriasis, the diagnosis is straightforward, and a second opinion will not add new information. If the symptoms of someone’s skin disease are not consistent with psoriasis in […]

What Should I Ask My Dermatologist?

If you have recently been diagnosed with psoriasis, you probably have many questions about the disease and its treatment. When meeting a dermatologist for the first time, it can be helpful to write down specific questions you would like answered. Make sure, however, that you give your doctor time to talk about what he or […]

How Do I Select A Dermatologist?

Ask around; more people have psoriasis than you think. If that doesn’t work, go online and do some research. Consider some or all of the following factors when choosing a dermatologist: Insurance coverage: Does a physician accept a particular Health plan? Location and hours of clinic: Is it convenient to make appointments? Availability of physician: […]

Does Health Insurance Cover Psoriasis Treatment?

Although each insurance plan is different, medical insurance, including Medicare, normally covers the cost of physician visits to treat psoriasis. Prescription drugs, depending on the details of a particular plan, are covered by most commercial insurance plans. When a medication is covered, typically the costs of side-effect monitoring for that medication (with blood tests, for […]

Are There Different Treatments For Different Kinds Of Psoriasis?

Because all types of psoriasis have the same underlying cause, all psoriasis treatments will work to some extent for most types of psoriasis. There are, how-ever, a few treatment approaches that can maximize the effectiveness of therapies in different types of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis: All prescription psoriasis treatments have been proven to treat this most […]

How Can I Decide Which Treatment Is Best For Me?

Work with your doctor and start with the mildest treatment—one that’s easy to adhere to and that you will follow religiously. Keep adjusting the treatment until you see positive results. Treatment of psoriasis is always individualized for a particular person. Partnership with a dermatologist, a family practitioner, or other healing individual can help to develop […]

What Options Do I Have To Treat My Psoriasis?

And do I need to treat it to keep it from getting worse? There are many different treatments for psoriasis. Some may work better than others for a particular person, and their effectiveness may change over time. For these reasons, it can be helpful to be aware of all available options. Broadly, treatments can be […]

Do Children Get Psoriasis, And Does It Go Away?

Yes, children can get psoriasis. Although psoriasis is less common in children, and may appear differently than in adults, children can get psoriasis. Among adults with psoriasis, 30% to 45% had the onset of their dis-ease before age 20. Psoriasis is slightly more common in boys than in girls, and almost 70% of children who […]

Can Babies Get Psoriasis?

It is very unusual for a baby to get psoriasis, but it does occur. Most often, the condition starts as a red rash in the diaper area that doesn’t clear up with typical diaper rash treatments. It might appear somewhat different than diaper rash, but it may take an experienced pediatric dermatologist to tell the […]

I Was Diagnosed With Pustular Psoriasis. Do I Have An Infection?

Although the word “pustular” conjures the image of an infection or abscess, pustular psoriasis is not an infection. The pustular name describes the skin’s appearance, where yellow pus is seen scattered in blister-like areas beneath the surface of psoriatic skin. These pustules are sometimes referred to as “sterile pustules,” meaning that they are free of […]

I Have Psoriasis In The Area Of An Old Scar

Is this common? Why is this? Psoriasis very often appears where skin has previously been injured. This phenomenon is called the Koebner phenomenon. It is named after its discoverer, Dr. Heinrich Koebner, a dermatologist in Germany who first described the phenomenon in 1872. The appearance of psoriasis after trauma is often called Koebner-ization and usually […]

Will Eating Or Avoiding Certain Foods Help My Psoriasis?

There is not one universal diet that has been shown to make psoriasis predictably better or worse. However, many individuals report that a link exists for them between psoriasis severity and diet. Many people will try different diets and, over time, find one that works well for them. Psoriasis sufferers have reported the associations listed […]

Will Psoriasis Go Away?

For some people, their psoriasis may disappear for a period of time. For others, this may never occur. Generally, people with mild psoriasis—less than 5% of their body surface area (BSA) affected, or “just a few spots”—are more likely to experience a remission than people with more extensive disease. It is important to note that […]

Why Do Some People Have Mild Psoriasis And Others Have Severe Disease?

It’s not known why one person has a mild form of psoriasis and another a severe form or why one person has nail changes while another does not. Over time, psoriasis severity and location may change and evolve or get better or worse. Unfortunately, more is known about what makes psoriasis get worse than what […]

Does Psoriasis Tend To Be Stable Or Does It Fluctuate Over Time?

Psoriasis does not have a predictable course, so it is impossible to predict whether a particular person will improve or worsen over time. For people with known triggers that exacerbate their disease, exposure to these factors, such as stress, may predict worsening, while reduction of thesetriggers could predict stabilization or improvement. In a study of […]

Is Psoriasis Genetic?

Will I give it to my children, or will I get it if a relative has the disease? Psoriasis is thought to be caused by a combination of genetics and environment. Although several genes have been associated with an increased risk of psoriasis, the significance of any one gene in the development of psoriasis is […]

Are there Different Types of Psoriasis?

Several types of psoriasis can occur on people’s skin; by far the most common is plaque psoriasis, also called psoriasis vulgaris (vulgar being Latin for common). The majority of psoriasis studies focus on patients with plaque psoriasis, but most therapies will work for all types of psoriasis to some extent, as described in Table 1. […]

What Are The Different Types Of Psoriatic Arthritis?

Although there is no clear-cut set of criteria or tests for psoriatic Arthritis, several distinct types have been described. The characteristic symptoms of all types of psoriatic arthritis are red hot, swollen, and tender joints. In contrast to the more common “wear and ear” of osteoarthritis, which is worse at the end of the day […]

What Happens If I Get Psoriatic Arthritis In The Future?

For people who get Arthritis, specific arthritis treatment may be needed to stop the disease from getting worse. For joint disease, systemic therapy is often needed. Some treatments for psoriasis, such as methotrexate and some biologic therapies, will treat psoriatic arthritis and skin psoriasis at the same time by decreasing inflammation throughout the body. For […]

I Will Get Psoriatic Arthritis In The Future?

Is there any way to tell whether I will get psoriatic Arthritis in the future? No. At this time there is no signal that indicates whether an individual will get psoriatic arthritis in the future. No type of skin disease, blood result, or genetic test can give information that can predict whether or how psoriasis, […]

How is Psoriatic Arthritis Different From Other Types Of Arthritis?

Psoriatic Arthritis is caused by the same inflammatory process that causes psoriasis of the skin. Because of joint pain, joint swelling, and a warm feeling to the touch, it may resemble other types of arthritis,particularly rheumatoid arthritis. Between 5% and 30% of  people with psoriasis will get psoriatic arthritis, usually following skin disease by 5 […]

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