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Healthwatch - 06/06

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an uncomfortable, itchy and embarrassing disease that can keep people from doing many of the things they love to do, but Psoriasis is not just a skin disease. It's a systematic immune disorder that can have a significant impact on daily life, and many patients are misdiagnosed, under diagnosed and under treated.

Studies compare Psoriasis to other chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, crone's disease, pulmonary disease and diabetes, and of all those conditions, it seems to be just as disabling, if not more so.

The second level is that it is emotionally disabling, because patients look at themselves and say they can't do their normal daily tasks. According to emotional disability studies, only depression is more disabling. Many patients are treated with topical creams to reduce the severe itch and irritation caused by the rash. Others try phototherapy, but these two forms of treatments are ineffective for many people.

Traditional medications carry significant risks and side effects. However, several studies involving new biologic therapies show significant improvement in the condition. The response rates are equal or better to the medications to traditional treatment.

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