Psoriasis Diagnosis

Psoriasis Diagnosis - majority of people's experience of...

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Psoriasis Diagnosis This is a clinical diagnosis and often no tests are neededClinical diagnosis. Treatment Mild to moderate plaque or guttate psoriasis: (Start from top ---- down) 1. Topical ointments to reduce scaling and itch 2. Topical corticosteroids (reduce inflammation) 3. Topical vitamin D analogues (inhibit the hyperproliferation e.g. calcipotriol) 4. Topical retinoids (tazarotene topical) 5. Tar preparations 6. Ultraviolet A (PUVA) phototherapy Severe: (Start from top --- down) 1. Oral retinoids plus topical ointments (not to be use for >6 months) 2. Methotrexate (contraindicated in pregnancy, chronic kidney disease, liver disease) 3. anti TNF-alpha (Infliximab) Prognosis Psoriasis is typically a lifelong condition. There is currently no cure, but various treatments can help to control the symptoms. Many of the most effective agents used to treat severe psoriasis carry an increased risk of significant morbidity including skin cancers, lymphoma and liver disease. However, the
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Unformatted text preview: majority of people's experience of psoriasis is that of minor localized patches, particularly on the elbows and knees, which can be treated with topical medication. Psoriasis can get worse over time, but it is not possible to predict who will go on to develop extensive psoriasis or those in whom the disease may appear to vanish. Individuals will often experience flares and remissions throughout their lives. Controlling the signs and symptoms typically requires lifelong therapy. According to one study, psoriasis is linked to 2.5-fold increased risk for nonmelanoma skin cancer in men and women, with no preponderance of any specific histologic subtype of cancer. This increased risk could also be attributed to antipsoriatic treatment. Prevention As this is a genetic condition, there is very little that can be done to prevent it, rather it is treated as it appears....
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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