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We have members who have had psoriasis for years and some that are newly diagnosed. Family and friends of those with psoriasis
are also made welcome. You will find some using prescribed treatments and some using the natural approach. There are people who
join but keep a low profile, there are people who just like to help others, and there are some who just like
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OK So What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It
occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the
growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious. It commonly
causes red, scaly patches to appear on the skin, although some patients
have no dermatological symptoms. The scaly patches commonly caused by
psoriasis, called psoriatic plaques, are areas of inflammation and
excessive skin production. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites which
gives it a silvery-white appearance. Plaques frequently occur on the
skin of the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the
scalp, palms of hands and soles of feet, and genitals. In contrast to
eczema, psoriasis is more likely to be found on the outer side of the
The disorder is a chronic recurring condition that varies in severity
from minor localized patches to complete body coverage. Fingernails and
toenails are frequently affected (psoriatic nail dystrophy) and can be
seen as an isolated symptom. Psoriasis can also cause inflammation of
the joints, which is known as (psoriatic arthritis). Ten to fifteen
percent of people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis.
The cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, but it is believed to
have a genetic component and local psoriatic changes can be triggered by
an injury to the skin known as Koebner phenomenon. Various
environmental factors have been suggested as aggravating to psoriasis
including stress, withdrawal of systemic corticosteroid, excessive
alcohol consumption, and smoking but few have shown statistical
significance. There are many treatments available, but because of its
chronic recurrent nature psoriasis is a challenge to treat. You can find more information
Got It, So What's The Cure?
Wait Let me stop you there! I'm sorry but there is no cure. There are things that can help you
cope with it but for a cure, you will not find one.
You will always be looking for one, and that is part of the problem with psoriasis There are people who know you will be
desperate to find a cure, and they will tell you exactly what you want to hear in order to get your money. If there is a
cure then a genuine person who has ever suffered with psoriasis would give you the information for free. Most so called cures
are nothing more than a diet and lifestyle change or a very expensive moisturiser. Check out the threads in
Natural Treatments first and save your money.
Great so now what? It's not all bad news, come and join others at Psoriasis Club and talk about it. The best help is from accepting it and talking
with others who understand what you're going through. ask questions read through the threads on here and start claiming
your life back. You should also get yourself an appointment with a dermatologist who will help you find something that can
help you cope with it. What works for some may not work for others
I have been looking a lot into psoriatic arthritis lately, and I think I have it but I'm not really sure. I get daily pain in a few of my joints, but I don't know if it's from something else. The most common one is my right knee. Almost every night, it will just start aching and nothing I do, except taking Ibuprofen, helps. The knuckles in my thumbs also hurt often as well as my wrists.
If you have psoriatic arthritis, could you tell me what your experience is like because I'd really like to determine what is behind the aching.
Hello I'm Gloria and have a severe case head to toe was diagnosed in Jan and had my first injection of Stelara yesyesterday wanted to know if there is anything I should avoid, or should start doing i itch like crazy, any info, suggestions would be appreciated Thanks
My name's Jenna, and I just discovered Psoriasis Club today. I'm currently a college student, and have been struggling with psoriasis for over eight years. Currently, it covers almost all of my face, most of my body, my scalp, inside my ears, etc.
Recently, I found an amazing dermatologist (I've had really bad luck in the past) who finally admitted that I have severe psoriasis. This was the first time a doctor had ever really taken it seriously. Soon, I'll be starting injections, and my dermatologist thinks I'll be basically plaque free in about six weeks. Obviously it's not a cure, but I'm so excited to finally have some hope of a working treatment!
Other than my psoriasis, everything is great! I'm a communication major, and loving it. I'm a HUGE animal lover, music nerd, Netflix connoisseur, coffee addict, and book fanatic. I'm so happy to be here and to meet new people! Please feel free to ask me anything; I'm super open and excited to talk.
Hi everyone, after three years I am finally able to find time to get back onto this forum.
Unfortunately, work can be hectic and I have to work evenings too.
I have now been on Methotrexate now for almost 6 years, I have never suffered any side effects, dosage 12.5mg weekly, but I am now finding that over the last 6/8 month's, it is just not working anymore.
I have been trying to get my Consultant Dermatologist to put me on Biologic Treatments, but because it is the NHS, they keep fobbing me off,
I know this is because of cost...!!!
I look forward to getting back here a little more regular,
Best wishes to everyone
Posted by: Fred - Tue-21-02-2017, 21:12 PM
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This study suggests exposure to maternal bereavement may contribute to the development and/or exacerbation of psoriasis.
Prenatal stress may alter immune competence of the fetus. Limited data exist on the role of antenatal stress in psoriasis development.
To investigate whether prenatal exposure to maternal bereavement increases the risk of offspring psoriasis.
This register-based cohort study included 1 811 917 live singletons born from 1978 to 2008 in Denmark. The children were assigned to the bereaved group if their mothers lost a child, partner/spouse, parent or sibling during pregnancy or up to 12 months before pregnancy. Follow-up started at the date of birth and ended at the date of first hospital treatment for psoriasis or a prescription redeemed for topical vitamin D derivatives (often used to treat psoriasis), emigration, death or 31 December 2010, whichever came first. We evaluated the hazard ratio (HR) of psoriasis in bereaved children using Cox proportional hazards regressions, compared with the nonbereaved group.
During 28 million person-years of follow-up, 7956 children were hospitalized or prescribed medications for psoriasis. By the age of 30 years, 1·54% [95% confidence interval (CI) 1·25–1·90%] of children from the bereaved group were diagnosed with psoriasis, compared with 1·34% (95% CI 1·30–1·38%) of nonbereaved children. Overall, prenatal exposure to maternal bereavement was not associated with risk of psoriasis in general (HR 1·05, 95% CI 0·91–1·20). However, children born to mothers who lost a partner/spouse or an older child had an increased risk of psoriasis (HR 1·33, 95% CI 1·02–1·73).
Prenatal exposure to the most stressful life event may contribute to the development and/or exacerbation of psoriasis.
Danish Council for Independent Research.
National Natural Science Foundation of China.
Nordic Cancer Union.
Karen Elise Jensens Fond.
Posted by: Fred - Tue-21-02-2017, 21:00 PM
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This small study suggests that Humira is a safe option for psoriasis patients with concomitant hepatitis B or C infection.
Little data are available about the safety of TNF-α inhibitors in patients with HCV and HBV infection. In particular, data concerning the use of adalimumab in patients with psoriasis and concomitant viral hepatitis are lacking and little is known about the drug's real safety in this context.
To assess the long-term safety of adalimumab in a group of 17 consecutive psoriatic patients affected by chronic HBV infection and 20 consecutive psoriatic patients affected by chronic HCV infection.
Thirty-seven consecutive patients with psoriasis and concomitant HBV or HCV infection being treated with adalimumab at four Italian referral centres (Modena, Padova, Verona and Turin) were assessed before the treatment and at the end of follow-up. Viral load and radiological studies (echography, Fibroscan) were also carried out in some of the patients.
The patients responded well to treatment and did not show any HBV or HCV reactivation in a mean follow-up period of 27 and 40 months, respectively. The fibrosis score in eight HCV patients showed a slight reduction: pretreatment mean value 5.83 and post-treatment mean value 5.65.
The use of adalimumab seems to be safe in patients with severe psoriasis and HBV or HCV infection. Nevertheless, large-scale prospective studies will be able to provide vital information on the impact of anti-TNF treatment on hepatic function in patients with psoriasis and concomitant chronic HCV or HBV infection and appropriate monitoring scheduling.
Posted by: Fred - Tue-21-02-2017, 13:40 PM
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This study looked at Hashimoto's thyroiditis in psoriasis. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease where the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed.
Current information indicates that psoriasis is a metabolic disorder with systemic manifestations. Reports have revealed an association between psoriasis and several chronic autoimmune disorders. For one of these disorders, Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), there are scarce, and relatively unconfirmed, reports of an association with psoriasis. We sought to determine if such an association is detectable in a large medical record data repository.
We searched one institution's electronic medical record data repository from January 2010 to December 2013. Patients were identified by ICD-9 codes (psoriasis: 696.0; 696.1, HT: 245.2). Only data from patients with laboratory-confirmed HT (anti-thyroid peroxidase [anti-TPO] antibodies; thyroglobulin antibodies; serum thyroid-stimulating hormone; and free T3) were eligible for inclusion. Logistic regression analysis was used to obtain an odds ratio (OR) to establish an association between psoriasis and HT. Stratified analyses were performed to test for confounding variable and effect modification.
Medical records for 856,615 individuals with documented encounters between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2013, were detected. A total of 9654 had a diagnosis of psoriasis, and 1745 had a diagnosis of HT. Of these, 41 subjects were diagnosed with both conditions. A significant association existed for psoriasis and HT, even after adjusting for confounding variables that included gender, age, psoriatic arthropathy, and the use of systemic anti-psoriatic agents (OR = 2.49; 95% CI 1.79–3.48; P < 0.0001).
This association has broad clinical impact and deserves further attention with regard to patient care, clinical research, and developmental therapeutics.
Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouse (NMEDW)
Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Science Institute
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Grant Number: UL1TR000150
Clinical and Translational Sciences Award
Hey Guys ... totally found you by accident today. This morning I did my second loading dose of Cosentyx and I was googling info on how long it took for people to see results and found this board.
My psoriasis started in my teens and I've had a pretty nasty go with it. I developed PsA in my early 30's and was slammed so badly, I thought my life would be lived in agony from a wheelchair. At that point, I was put on MTX and did infusions for close to a decade, I moved to Simponi and that was ok, but my body got used to it. Apremilast (Otezla) does less than zero for both my skin and joints, and last Monday I did my first loading dose of Consentyx. This morning was my 2nd loading dose (I'm doing 300 mg.).
Popped on here before for the first time and started looking around to see how this has worked for people. I think my skin is actually reacting already. My joints are still abominable - my coccyx, at the base of my spine is a painful mess.
Can't wait for some relief! Will let you all know how I do. I didn't take pics last week, but I think I'll start doing that and posting.
Took my loading dose of humira a week and a half ago so just thought i'd see what other peoples experiences with the drug are.
I had to stop cyclosporine just after xmas as id been on it for too long, i was gutted about this as it had worked for me with amazing results. Instantly had a MASSIVE flair which has only just calmed down.
I've really struggled this past couple of months mentally, i think having been used to being psoriasis free for the best part of a year it was such a shock to the system to be covered head to toe within a couple of weeks of stopping. I really took it for granted being clear, its hard to explain how it effects EVERY single thing you do in day to day life.
Anyway enough of the depressing stuff, I'm trying to stop feeling sorry for myself now that I've started the new medication but I've seen no difference whatsoever, i know its only been couple of weeks but there has been nothing, the cyclosporine worked so quickly!
I realise I'm just being very impatient but was just wondering if there were others that had tried humira and if it had worked for them?
I just signed on 2- 20 - 17.
74 year old white male.
Psoriasis patient for 55 years.
Treatments back in the 60s were scarce.
Coal tar, baths with various oils, oat meal, etc.
Then came UVA light treatments and methotrexate
Then psoralen capsules were added to UVA treatments and those PUVA treatments helped control my psoriasis until about 3 years ago.
UVB helped some more then even that lost effectiveness.
5 years ago I was infected with Lyme disease. That screwed everything up.
Last year I finally agreed to try a biologic.
I started Humira in February of 2016. It worked very well and I tolerated it well. It helped my psoriatic arthritis too.
2 months ago Humira began to fail. I start Taltz in 2 weeks.
Here's hoping it will help.
Posted by: Fred - Sun-19-02-2017, 16:03 PM
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This study looked at the risk of depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempt in patients with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis patients.
Sparse information is available concerning mental health issues in psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients.
To estimate risk of depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempt in patients with psoriasis, PsA, and AS, respectively, compared with the general population.
This population-based cohort study analyzed 36,214 psoriasis patients, 5,138 PsA patients, and 1,878 AS patients who were frequency-matched with a general population cohort. Annual incidence rate of depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempt was calculated separately for psoriasis, PsA and AS.
There was an increased risk of depression in the three cohorts; adjusted IRR: psoriasis, 1.14 (95% CI, 1.11, 1.17); PsA, 1.22 (95% CI, 1.16, 1.29); AS, 1.34 (95% CI, 1.23, 1.47). There was no significantly increased risk for suicidal ideations or suicide attempt among psoriasis, PsA, or AS patients.
Patients were not excluded if previously diagnosed with depression, suicidal ideation, or suicide attempt. Suicide attempt and completed suicide analyses were not adjusted for presence of depression. Use of systemic psoriasis treatment to measure severe psoriasis could lead to psoriasis severity misclassification.
The risk of depression, but not suicidal ideation or suicide attempt, was significantly increased in patients with psoriasis, PsA, and AS.
Posted by: Fred - Sun-19-02-2017, 12:59 PM
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This study looked at psoriasis patients preferences for attributes of biological treatments.
Quote:Background and objectives:
Treatment satisfaction can be improved by integrating patients’ preferences into shared decision-making. We recently investigated patients’ preferences for attributes of biologicals, and showed high preferences for safety and efficacy. The objective of the present study was to assess the impact of treatment experience on these preferences.
Patients and methods:
Preferences for outcome (probability of 50 % and 90 % improvement, time until response, sustainability of success, probability of mild and severe adverse events, probability of ACR 20 response) and process attributes (treatment location, frequency, duration, and delivery method) were analyzed in 200 participants with moderate-to-severe psoriasis using conjoint analysis. The impact of current and previous therapies, disease duration, and treatment satisfaction on ‘Relative Importance Scores’ was determined by analysis of variance, post hoc tests, and multivariate regression.
Participants presently on topical therapy (p = 0.02) or phototherapy (p = 0.032) placed more importance on treatment duration than others. Individuals who had previously been given traditional systemic agents (p = 0.028) or biologicals (p = 0.044) favored sustainability more than others. With an increasing number of systemic agents ever received (p = 0.045) and longer disease duration (p = 0.018), the latter attribute became increasingly important.
Patients’ preferences for biologicals vary in correlation with treatment experience and disease duration, aspects to be addressed in the context of shared decision-making.
Posted by: Fred - Sun-19-02-2017, 12:58 PM
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This study looked at the use of phototherapy in combination with Fumaderm
While treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis using a combination of fumaric acid esters (FAE, Fumaderm®) and phototherapy (UV) is common practice, there have been hardly any studies investigating this regimen. Available information is limited to data from a small pilot study. The objective of the present study was to evaluate FAE/UV combination therapy in a larger patient cohort with moderate-to-severe psoriasis.
Patients and methods:
In this prospective noninterventional multicenter study, data from patients treated with FAE/UV combination therapy was assessed with regard to efficacy (PGA‚ PASI, DLQI, EQ-5D), safety, and dosage over a twelve-month period. The findings were subsequently compared to data from a previous retrospective study on FAE monotherapy.
Data from 363 patients was included in the analysis. Efficacy measures improved substantially on combination therapy. Compared to FAE monotherapy, FAE/UV therapy led to a faster clinical response, however, there was no difference in efficacy after 12 months. Neither the duration nor the type of phototherapy had an impact on efficacy. In general, combination therapy was well tolerated. Seven percent of patients experienced adverse events.
FAE/UV combination therapy is effective and well tolerated in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Such treatment may induce a faster therapeutic response, and appears to be useful, particularly in the first three months of FAE therapy.
Well here is a dilemma. I just noticed that the foot rest portion of my off white leather lazy boy has become stained with my use of the Dovobet on my my lower legs.... How the blazes am I going to get that off?
Anyone got any suggestions?
PS: Sigh, another irritation or side effect from this scourge of a condition.
I have been plagued with both Psoriasis and Psa for almost my entire adult life. Tried everything from creams to lights to biologics. I have gone untreated for 4 years. I have psoriasis over 90 percent of my body. I just had my first Methotrexate injection a week ago. Within 2 days the bright red skin had already begun to fade and the insane itching 24/7 was lessening. I was beginning to feel human again. Tomorrow I get dressed number 2. As of now, the itching is very minor and redness is there but slight with minor scaling. It sucked to be me. I'm hoping and praying to get a halfway pleasant summer this year. I also have Psa pretty severely, and possibly fibromyalgia. So far not much better with the arthritis pain and may reintroduce Enbrel in several weeks, as that is the only drug that ever actually controlled my pain.
Siliq is intended for patients who are candidates for systemic therapy (treatment using substances that travel through the bloodstream, after being taken by mouth or injected) or phototherapy (ultraviolet light treatment) and have failed to respond, or have stopped responding to other systemic therapies.
"Moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis can cause significant skin irritation and discomfort for patients, and today’s approval provides patients with another treatment option for their psoriasis," said Julie Beitz, M.D., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Patients and their health care providers should discuss the benefits and risks of Siliq before considering treatment."
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes patches of skin redness and flaking. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that occurs more commonly in patients with a family history of the disease, and most often begins in people between the ages of 15 and 35. The most common form of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, in which patients develop thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white scales.
Siliq’s active ingredient (brodalumab) binds to a protein that causes inflammation, inhibiting the inflammatory response that plays a role in the development of plaque psoriasis.
Siliq’s safety and efficacy were established in three randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials with a total of 4,373 adult participants with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis who were candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy. More patients treated with Siliq compared to placebo had skin that was clear or almost clear, as assessed by scoring of the extent, nature and severity of psoriatic changes of the skin.
Suicidal ideation and behavior, including completed suicides, have occurred in patients treated with Siliq during clinical trials. Siliq users with a history of suicidality or depression had an increased incidence of suicidal ideation and behavior compared to users without this history. A causal association between treatment with Siliq and increased risk of suicidal ideation and behavior has not been established.
Because of the observed risk of suicidal ideation and behavior, the labeling for Siliq includes a Boxed Warning and the drug is only available through a restricted program under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) called the Siliq REMS Program. Notable requirements of the Siliq REMS Program include the following:
Prescribers must be certified with the program and counsel patients about this risk. Patients with new or worsening symptoms of depression or suicidality should be referred to a mental health professional, as appropriate.
Patients must sign a Patient-Prescriber Agreement Form and be made aware of the need to seek medical attention should they experience new or worsening suicidal thoughts or behavior, feelings of depression, anxiety or other mood changes.
Pharmacies must be certified with the program and must only dispense to patients who are authorized to receive Siliq.
Siliq is also approved with a Medication Guide to inform patients of the risk of suicidal ideation and behavior, and that because Siliq is a medication that affects the immune system, patients may have a greater risk of getting an infection, or an allergic or autoimmune condition. Patients with Crohn’s disease should not use Siliq. Health care providers should also evaluate patients for tuberculosis (TB) infection prior to initiating treatment with Siliq. Health care providers should not administer Siliq to patients with active TB infection, and should avoid immunizations with live vaccines in patients being treated with Siliq.
The most common adverse reactions reported with the use of Siliq include joint pain (arthralgia), headache, fatigue, diarrhea, throat pain (oropharyngeal pain), nausea, muscle pain (myalgia), injection site reactions, influenza, low white blood cell count (neutropenia) and fungal (tinea) infections.
Hello, I'm Michael from Poland and I found this forum because my dad's psoriasis disease. He used a lot of resources, but nothing helps, therefore, I would like to learn from You something about the use of CBD oils and cream.
So I have just joined the forum and I'm starting this tread with updates on my current treatment in the hope that it can assist someone else in the future.
Brief intro and background: I'm 34 and I have had moderate guttate p since '97. Arms, legs, belly, back, scalp, nails, buttocks, basically everywhere but never on palms nor feet. My p is very active and I have never been fully clear since the first episode in '97, with the spots that are always present in all parts of the body and quickly enlarge in a few days and regularly develop into larger patches. They can go completely away in a few weeks with or without local medication but at the same time there are always new spots appearing somewhere else. Having said that, summer helps me a lot and usually a few days of sunbathing and seas bring the p down to a level where I'm not clear completely but I feel comfortable going back in the office. I would say sufficiently clear. Doctors always told me I'm "moderate" even though I recall 3-4 moments where I was severely covered in red patches, particularly in the face and legs.
(One thing that has always surprised me is the symmetrical aspect of the p. There's a large patch under the right armpit? I knew that in a couple days there would be a large patch under the left one, very similar in shape).
First of all, I had many many many local medications in the past but I took systemic medication only once in 1997, it was methotrexate. After that, it has been betamethasone and calcipotriol most of the time, UV, and that's basically it. I have never done thermal treatments either, even though it seems they are very popular here in northern Italy and you can do up to 12 treatments for free if prescribed by the doctor. I don't know why they haven't let me do that yet but oh well.
Now I'm experiencing diffuse p over the entire body after a long period of stress and my dermatologist has prescribed:
- Dovobet (which I started on February 6)
- Neotigason (10mg once a day - which I started on February 13th so it will be 3 days today)
This is the first time I am taking these. I had never heard them before but I admit I've never looked around for new drugs.
Dovobet so far (10 days) has been really great. I noticed an initial worsening but now the larger patches are almost gone. The small spots are a bit of an issue because there's too many and its difficult to put a small drop of product exactly on the spot and keep it there.
Neotigason, it's still too early to comment on it and I have been told I need to wait at least 4 weeks which seems to be confirmed by other users here. I'm a bit worred about the side effects and I really hope this drowsiness I'm feeling today is not due to the medication: my eyes are all fuzzy. We'll see tomorrow.
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