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.
TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many patients with the skin disease psoriasis showed significant improvement when taking an experimental drug called ixekizumab, according to a late-stage, phase 3 clinical trial. “The visible effects of psoriasis can have a major and life-ruining impact on people’s confidence and self-esteem,” study leader Chris Griffiths, a professor of [...]
FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Injuries increase the risk of psoriatic arthritis in people who have psoriasis, a new study suggests. Psoriatic arthritis — chronic arthritis associated with the skin condition psoriasis — can lead to severe, disabling joint damage. About 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, according to the researchers. The [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An active ingredient in some psoriasis and multiple sclerosis medications has been linked to two cases of a rare and sometimes lethal brain infection. The ingredient, dimethyl fumarate, appears to have contributed to the deaths of two European women. The women contracted progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Recovery workers who toiled at the World Trade Center disaster site may face a heightened risk of rheumatoid arthritis and similar autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests. The findings, reported online March 16 in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, add to the list of potential health [...]
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new drug to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. People with plaque psoriasis, the most common form of the autoimmune skin disease, develop thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales. In autoimmune diseases, the body’s [...]