Psoriasis and Skin Cancer

The autoimmune skin disease called psoriasis tends to be associated with other health concerns, including diabetes, heart disease, and depression. Unfortunately, yet another disease is being added to this list: melanoma. Early research investigating the potential link between psoriasis and skin cancer were unclear as to whether the psoriasis or the treatment for psoriasis affected…

Starting Psoriasis Treatment On the Right Foot

The skin condition psoriasis affects more than 6.7 million adult men and women, leading to scaling and inflammation. The outward skin changes actually start deep within the skin, when skin cells rise too quickly to the surface of the skin which leads to them piling up on the surface in an immature state. The end…

A Tricky Time

Psoriasis comes in several forms, with plaque psoriasis being the most common. Earlier this year, a new medication – Taltz® (ixekizumab) – gained FDA approval as another option for treating moderate-to-severe cases of plaque psoriasis, in which thick, red areas on the skin become flaky with silver-white scales. Taltz, an injection medication, eases the inflammation…

Benefits of Tight Control

Psoriasis, a type of autoimmune disease, afflicts more than 7.5 million Americans, causing itchy or sore patches of thick, reddened skin covered with silvery scales. While this disease is most likely to develop in people 15-25 years old, after about a decade of having psoriasis, some people also develop psoriatic arthritis. Currently there are about…

New Promising Tool for Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis, being slightly less common than rheumatoid arthritis, garners less research than rheumatoid arthritis. However, more than 2 million Americans struggle with the devastating effects of this disease, which causes chronic, painful inflammation of the joints and connective tissue. It’s common for psoriatic arthritis to develop about a decade after psoriasis. Cosentyx® (secukinumab) is…

Inflammation Game Changers

Guest Blog by: Monica Morgan, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Biologic medications, first introduced in the late 1990s, were a game changer for psoriasis. Biologics target elements of the immune system which otherwise lead to inflammation of the skin and/or joints. With biologics an option on the prescription pad, health care providers…

Making Decisions Together: Bringing Patients Into the Conversation

It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease the patient has. — William Osler, M.D., 1913 Understanding the patient being treating can sometimes make more difference to treatment outcomes than knowing which disease is being treated. This nugget of wisdom, noted above…

Psoriasis: The Summer Sun Approach

It’s fitting that August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month, especially when you consider that the plentiful summer sun this month serves as natural medication for the irritated skin of psoriasis. Sun exposure (just a half hour a day) can help the 7.5 million Americans suffering from psoriasis. Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes…