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Psoriasis

·        Psoriasis is a chronic and often painful skin disease in which skin cells reproduce much faster than normal.

·        This non-contagious disease causes round, reddish skin patches with silvery scales to develop on the scalp, knees, elbows, hands and feet.

·        Psoriasis affects more than7 million people in the United States, with approximately 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

 

·        Treatment options include

 

·        Topical medications containing cortisone-like compounds, synthetic vitamin D (calcipotriene), tar or anthralin;

·        Oral medications, such as methotrexate,  retinoids or cyclosporine;

·        New biologic agents, which work by blocking the activation of T-cells, a type of white blood cell known as the key immune system trigger in the development of psoriasis;

·        The first biologic to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of psoriasis is alefacept; a second biologic that is FDA-approved for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis and is currently in phase III trials for the treatment of psoriasis is etanercept.

·        Tazarotene, aretinoid made from vitamin A that has been available in a gel formulation, was recently introduced in a cream formulation that is better tolerated by many patients; and

·        Light therapy, in combination with topical or oral medications, and PUVA light treatments (when psoriasis has not responded to other treatments or is widespread).

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