Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. You usually get the patches on your elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms and feet, but they can show up on other parts of your body. Some people who have psoriasis also get a form of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis.
A problem with your immune system causes psoriasis. In a process called cell turnover, skin cells that grow deep in your skin rise to the surface. Normally, this takes a month. In psoriasis, it happens in just days because your cells rise too fast.
Psoriasis can be hard to diagnose because it can look like other skin diseases. Your doctor might need to look at a small skin sample under a microscope.
Psoriasis can last a long time, even a lifetime. Symptoms come and go. Things that make them worse include
- Dry skin
- Certain medicines
Psoriasis usually occurs in adults. It sometimes runs in families. Treatments include creams, medicines, and light therapy.
NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Psoriasis FDA Approved Drugs
Galderma Labs LpJul 24, 2003
- Topical treatment of scalp psoriasis.
- Plaque psoriasis.
- Use of otezla (apremilast) for inhibiting pde4.
- Use of otezla (apremilast) for the treatment of psoriasis.
- Use of otezla (apremilast) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis.
- Treatment of plaque psoriasis.
- Use of a calcipotriene containing foam for the treatment of psoriasis.
- Use of calcipotriene foam for the topical treatment of plaque psoriasis in patients aged 18 years and older.
- Treatment of moderate plaque psoriasis.
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Home Remedies for Psoriasis
Frankincense essential oil calms, fights fatigue, and increases circulation. Used with a carrier oil, it helps heal eczema, psoriasis and dandruff, all alongside that lovely scent.
Felter's Materia Medica on Psoriasis
The root of Berberis aquifolium, Pursh (Nat. Ord. Berberidaceae). Western United States from Colorado to the Pacific coast; cultivated also for... / ...n chronic skin diseases its internal use has hastened the effects from external medication. Eczema, psoriasis (temporarily at least), and herpetic eruptions have disappeared under its persistent use. ...1
The dried beetles, Cantharis vesicatoria (Linné), De Geer. (Ord. Coleoptera.) Southern Europe. Dose, 1 grain. Common Name: Spanish Fly; Synonym:... / ...d and then relieved by it. Its internal use has been advised in some chronic skin diseases, such as psoriasis, prurigo, lichen, and eczema; upon what grounds we are not advised.1
Glycerin, Glycerol. A liquid composed most largely of a trihydric alcohol (C3H5(OH)3) obtained by the processes of hydrolysis and distillation of... / ...disorders in which it is especially useful as a vehicle may be mentioned impetigo, lichen, porrigo, psoriasis, pityriasis, herpes, and tinea versicolor (with mercuric chloride) and other parasitic aff... / ...A 5 per cent solution of phenol in glycerin upon cotton may be used for insertion into the aural canal after rupture of the membrana tympani wh1
The rhizome and roots of Iris versicolor, Linné (Nat. Ord. Iridaceae). Common in wet places in the United States. Dose, 5 to 20 grains. Common... / ...es, and the type is not as yet well defined. It is also advised as an efficient local treatment for psoriasis, chronic itching eczema, various types of tinea, prurigo, and crusta lactea. In all of the...1
...ulation; dry, scaly skin eruptions; aphthous ulcers; recurrent boils and styes; urinary irritation; psoriasis. Action and Therapy.Lappa is a potent but neglected alterative and diuretic. It relieves......rs the elimination of waste material, and secondarily proves tonic. Lappa is especially valuable in psoriasis, crusta lactea, stubborn eczema, obstinate ulcers, and in catarrhal and aphthous ulceratio...1
Oil of Cade, Cade Oil, Juniper Tar Oil, Oleum juniperi Empyreumatilcum. A product of the dry distillation of the wood of Juniperus Oxycedrus,... / ...dient of liniments and ointments for chronic skin diseases of the scaly and moist types, as eczema, psoriasis, and prurigo, and in parasitic disorders, as favus and various types of ringworm. For favu... / ...to its use, and the oil should not be employed in acute affections of the skin.1
Olive Oil, Sweet Oil. A fixed oil obtained from the ripe fruit of Olea europaea, Linné (Nat. Ord. Oleaceae). The olive tree of Asia and southern... / ...monly employed softening agent for cutaneous crusts, such as those of eczema, seborrhea, favus, and psoriasis. Inunctions of olive oil may be used in malnutrition and wasting diseases, but are far les... / ...however, be given in either phosphorus or cantharides poisoning, as the activity of these substances through oil solution is decidedly increased.1
...iparasitic. It is of use in scaly skin diseases, and in various preparations it has been applied in psoriasis, chronic eczema, prurigo, porrigo, lichen, sycosis, lupus vulgaris and erythematosus, pemp......chial cough, and to prevent the recurrence of boils, in chronic urinary catarrhs, and in eczema and psoriasis (together with its external use). Tar should not be given to those having a disposition to...1
Physician's Materia Medica on Psoriasis
A crystalline substance readily soluble in water. Antiseptic, analgesic, anti-emetic, hemostatic. Used internally in gastric ulcer. in fermentative diarrhea, in sea sickness, etc.; as a spray in whooping cough and hay fever; as a lotion in eczema and psoriasis. Dose, 0.12 to 0.30 Grm. (2 to 5 grs.) or more.2
Contains arsenic, and accordingly is alterative and germicidal although scarcely poisonous. Used in tuberculosis, obstinate psoriasis, glycosuria and pseudo-leukemia. Dose, 0.06 to 0.30 Grm. (1 to 5 grs.).2
Alterative, antiseptic. Used internally in scrofula and chronic skin diseases, externally in ointments (5 to 10%) in eczema, psoriasis. etc. Dose, 0.002 to 0.03 Grm. (1-30 to 1/2 gr.).2
Physician's Therapeutics Memoranda on Psoriasis
Internally give arsenic persistently, with iodides and other altera tives where these seem to be indicated. Extract of thyroid zland has been used with benefit. Locally, ointments of pyrogallic or salicylic acid, Iodosyl, ichthyol, chrysarobin, resorcin. ammoniated mercury, calomel.2
2) Nelson, Baker & Co., 1904, Physician's Handy Book of Materia Medica and Therapeustics, Detroit, Michigan.