For women with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis who take secukinumab during pregnancy or conception, recent research shows adverse pregnancy events don’t happen at a higher rate.
Whitney J. Palmer
Women in treatment for skin diseases, including psoriasis, experience higher levels of non-psychotic psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression, than men.
Understanding measures of psoriasis disease severity is critical for the patient. And, many payers, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service require an accurate PASI or PGA score on all psoriasis claims.
Biologics certainly have shown to be an effective treatment in plaque psoriasis, but physicians should not discount more traditional therapies for treating psoriasis.
For psoriasis patients, the most common comorbidity they may experience is psoriatic arthritis. Knowing how to identify and treat it can be critical.
From obesity to heart disease, patients with psoriasis have a host of comorbidities and most rely on their dermatologist for comprehensive care.
Developing psoriasis during childhood or adolescence can affect self-esteem. Dr. Amy Paller discussed the impact of psoriasis on adolescents, and treatment options, during the annual NPR Residents Meeting.
Nearly 80 percent of patients experience limited-to-moderate psoriasis disease, and topical therapies account for the majority, if not all, of their treatment. But the choice of topical treatment depends on the patient.
At the 20th annual National Psoriasis Foundation residents meeting recently held in Chicago, Dr. Abby Van Voorhees, said that phototherapy can improve psoriasis, but it is not in common practice today.
A minimally-invasive surgical skin contouring procedure, currently under investigation, could give patients a new option for removing fat and tightening skin, according to recent clinical trial findings.