Psoriasis is a skin condition that is often misunderstood; people who have psoriasis can face prejudice and discrimination. Psoriasis is characterized by raised red, white, or silvery skin patches. The good news is that many medications can control psoriasis, and lifestyle changessuch as getting short periods of sun exposure and quitting smokingcan help too.
Living a More Comfortable Life With PsoriasisAn estimated 7 million people have psoriasis, yet many are not getting treatment. Find out how to tell if you have psoriasis, what medications can help, how to take care of your skin, and how other people cope with the challenges of psoriasisfrom battling stigma to dating.
FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although corticosteroid pills are not recommended for the management of psoriasis, new research reveals these drugs are commonly prescribed by dermatologists treating this chronic skin condition. Corticosteroids, including prednisone, dexamethasone and methylprednisolone, were the second most commonly prescribed systemic medications (not preparations applied to the skin) for psoriasis, according [...]
People with the skin disorder psoriasis might be at higher risk for heart failure and should be screened for heart disease, experts say. Researchers looked at medical data on all adults in Denmark. They found that people with psoriasis are more prone to develop heart failure and that the risk of heart failure rises as psoriasis gets more severe.
TUESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) — People with moderate to severe psoriasis are at increased risk for chronic kidney disease and need to be closely monitored for kidney problems, a large new study suggests. Researchers in Philadelphia analyzed data from nearly 144,000 people, aged 19 to 90, with psoriasis, and a comparison (control) group of nearly [...]
MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) — A drug formerly used to treat the skin condition psoriasis shows promise in treating type 1 diabetes, according to a new study. Both psoriasis and type 1 diabetes are autoimmune disorders. The drug alefacept (Amevive) is an immune-suppressing drug that was used to treat psoriasis but was withdrawn by its [...]
By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) — Alisha Bridges spent most of her life covering up and hiding. She didn’t want the world to see the scaly patches of psoriasis that cover a significant portion of her body. She’s tried almost every treatment that’s out there, with varying degrees of success, she said. [...]