For Those with Psoriasis…How’s Your Liver?

When you think of psoriasis, you probably think about the skin. It is true that this disease primarily causes skin symptoms – that of itchy or sore patches of thick, reddened skin covered with silvery scales. However, psoriasis has also now been linked to a higher risk of a liver ailment known as nonalcoholic fatty…

Psoriasis Social Stigma

More than 8 million Americans experience the uncomfortable, chronic skin condition of psoriasis. Psoriasis leads to dry, scaly, and painful patches of skin, typically on the joints, face, neck, trunk, arms, hands, feet, and scalp. Cures remain out of reach, but there are many treatment choices that help manage the dermatological symptoms of psoriasis. People…

Eat to Calm Psoriasis

Most people with psoriasis will have some degree of symptoms for life. But this doesn’t mean that improvement can’t happen. Medications help keep this skin disease under control and combining medication with certain dietary choices can also have a positive effect on both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (which is a joint condition related to the…

Psoriasis: Can Sleep Troubles be a Red Flag?

The calling card of psoriasis is uncomfortable skin symptoms, such as red patches of dry, cracked skin. However, the more researchers look into this disease, the more they discover that psoriasis affects many different areas of the body, beyond the skin. Conversely, health conditions affecting non-skin parts of the body may also affect the risk…

Psoriatic Arthritis: Current Understandings

Doctors, as far back as the mid-19th century, noticed the connections between psoriasis and arthritis that occurred in some of their patients. However, this condition of “psoriatic arthritis” did not receive a clinical definition until the 1960s, when it was distinguished from rheumatoid arthritis. Part of the difficulty with understanding psoriatic arthritis relates to a…

Beyond Skin: Psoriasis and Health Risks

More than 7 million Americans experience psoriasis, the skin condition that creates dry, scaly, painful, and itchy patches of skin. Typical locations for psoriasis include the joints, face, neck, trunk, arms, hands, feet, and scalp. The problem with psoriasis does not end at the skin. One in every three people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic…

A Faster Route to Treatment

Psoriasis goes more than skin deep. Although primarily thought of as a skin disease, psoriasis develops into psoriatic arthritis in approximately 30% of psoriasis patients. Psoriatic arthritis, in turn, often complicates diagnosis and treatment. Meanwhile the disease process can be heading toward impaired function and a compromised quality of life. For many years, the prevailing…

Taltz: New Tool for Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriasis affects 7.5 million Americans, with 18-42% of these people later developing psoriatic arthritis. This month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new treatment option for this difficult condition. Ixekizumab (Taltz) from Eli Lilly and Company is now approved as an injection for the treatment of adults with active psoriatic arthritis. Taltz…

Psoriasis Risks: More Than Skin Deep

The dry, scaly, and painful patches of skin typical of psoriasis afflict nearly 7.5 million Americans. This uncomfortable, chronic skin condition is most likely to develop on the joints, face, neck, trunk, arms, hands, feet, and scalp. Although a cure remains elusive, treatments are available to manage the symptoms. At first glance, some might assume…

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…