Psoriasis

Who among us hasn’t been tormented by the itch after a mosquito bite? This is due to the histamine release at the offending site. In some, it is a bit more exaggerated and an oral antihistamine or topical cream with the passage of time does the trick to provide optimal relief.

Now imagine that intensity and urge to scratch diffusely spread over your entire body in a constant and unrelenting fashion. Night and day. Where a more significant underlying cause won’t be benefitted and cured by time or a Benadryl, for instance.

That is called chronic “generalized pruritus” and its etiologies can range from the readily fixable to the necessitation of a liver transplant in those where treatment for the symptom might be refractory. In the extreme, sleep is impaired and even...

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PsokniePsoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which the over-production of epidermal (skin) cells build up on the surface of the skin, forming itchy, dry red patches that often causes significant discomfort. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, about 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. And 125 million individuals worldwide have this condition.Previous studies have suggested an association between psoriasis and certain conditions such as cardiovascular disease. And now, a...

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 1.57.49 PMAlthough psoriasis is primarily a disease of the skin, its effects often go well beyond skin deep.

The disease, which is considered to be autoimmune, can be very difficult to live with. Its most common form causes white, scaly patches, which are itchy, unsightly and can cover large areas of the body. Although uncommon, it can be so debilitating that people who are afflicted have higher rates of depression and suicide.
But, there may be a major breakthrough around the corner. In two phase...

Psoriasis-linked-to-diabetes-ulcers-cardiovascular-disease-articleA major study has found that people with psoriasis are more likely to develop diabetes and cardiovascular disease among other conditions. The study was done by dermatologists at the University of Pennsylvania, published in JAMA dermatology, and included roughly 100,000 people.

Researchers compared those with the skin disease to those with other diseases and...