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If you happen to be afflicted by psoriasis, or have a chum or relative who does, this ebook deals support. thoroughly revised and up to date, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Psoriasis, moment variation provides authoritative, useful solutions on your questions about identifying a dermatologist, treatments, coping ideas, resources of help, and masses extra. In transparent, obtainable type, professional dermatologists focusing on treating psoriasis describe the most recent clinical wisdom together with the recent new release of psoriasis medicines and useful tips about what psoriasis is and what you are able to do to regard your situation, from light to the main serious, successfully. that includes insider suggestion from an exact sufferer, this e-book is a useful source for somebody dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this in all probability debilitating disorder.
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17. If I have psoriasis, am I at risk for other diseases as well? People with psoriasis have a substantially increased risk for a particular type of joint disease called psoriatic arthritis. This type of arthritis, specific to psoriasis sufferers, causes pain, swelling, and joint destruction in a distinct pattern. QXP 11/4/09 11:14 AM Page 29 1 0 0 Q U E S T I O N S & A N S W E R S A B O U T P S O R I A S I S Crohn’s disease A chronic illness that causes irritation in the digestive tract. It occurs most commonly in the ileum (lower small intestine) or in the colon (large intestine).
Biologic therapy Medical therapy that is derived from a biologic source rather than being synthesized from a chemical source. Immunosuppression Suppression of the natural immune response because immune system defenses have been suppressed, damaged, or weakened. PPD test A skin test for previous exposure to tuberculosis. Certain tuberculosis proteins are injected under the skin, and after a few days the skin is checked to see if the body mounts a response (shown as a raised, red wheal). Shave biopsy A biopsy performed with a razor by cutting off a superficial piece of the skin.
When a person has psoriasis, the chance of his or her child acquiring the disease is less than 20%. QXP 11/5/09 12:30 PM Page 46 1 0 0 Q U E S T I O N S & A N S W E R S A B O U T P S O R I A S I S test, or prenatal diagnostic that currently predicts whether a baby will have psoriasis in the future. This means that when one family member has psoriasis, the risk is increased for the other family members but cannot be predicted for a specific person. Studies have guided our understanding of genetics in psoriasis, but can be limited by the availability of information on family members.