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A look at psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that can manifest in different forms. Skin lesions can be localized or generalized. But did you know that it can also effect the joints?

I’ve diagnosed many patients for the first time, this year especially. After the biopsy, I sit down with my patients for a heart to heart talk. Psoriasis is not a treatable condition, and I’ve seen this skin disease affect my patients’ lives. I’ve witnessed so many tears this year. 😪

As a doctor, I’ve broadened my knowledge on treatment modalities. So even if the condition cannot be cured, my patients and I can minimize flare-ups… so that they can lead happy lives. 🥰

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When all else fails

Psoriasis vulgaris is a life-long condition that can lead to numerous systemic complications. As a dermatologist, I review the patient’s history including all the medications given and their reaction to the treatment. In some instances, the patient does not respond to the step-wise ladder approach to treatment (which, mind you, is really depressing for both patient and doctor). 😪 Fortunately, biologic treatment is more readily available now. It works wonders! 🌻 But, remember, patient screening is a must to determine if you will be an eligible candidate for this treatment. Every medication has its pros and cons, and your doctor will weigh them carefully before proceeding. 🧐

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More than just dandruff

This looks similar to the previous photo, right? 👈🏼 However, this photo shows scalp psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that can affect not only the skin but the joints as well. Treatment is geared towards prevention of flares and improvement of symptoms. No cure, but patients can still live a good life with proper care. 😇 Consult with your dermatologist for any rash that does not go away, ok? 💛