Episode 2: “Treatment Side Effects Impacting Psoriatic Disease,” by Ronald Prussick, M.D.
“If patients have a family history of cancer, it depends what cancer it is. Some cancers have a higher genetic risk than others and it depends whether it’s your brother or sister versus your parents. It’s an individual thing but most patients who have family histories of cancer can safely go on biologics.”
Episode 7: “Heart and Psoriatic Disease Connection,” by Nehal Mehta, M.D.
“Take psoriatic disease seriously. The disease is more than skin deep. Even one plaque is too much. Do what Mom or Dad used to tell you: get a good night’s sleep, make sure you exercise five times a week, watch your fat intake, please stop smoking, and the biggest one – make sure you do something you enjoy every day.”
Episode 17: “I Run My Life. My Psoriatic Disease Doesn’t,” by NPF volunteer Greg Kingsley
“I didn’t know it was psoriasis until I tried to get into the Navy. It was a Navy doctor that told me, ‘Guess what, you have psoriasis.’ I said, ‘What the heck is psoriasis?’”
Episode 23: “A Focus on Uveitis and Psoriatic Arthritis: What’s It All About?” by James Rosenbaum, M.D.
“Uveitis is an inflammation inside the eye. Why you get uveitis with arthritis is a mystery just as why you get skin disease with joint disease.”
Episode 26: “Let’s Hear About Ear Psoriasis,” by Abby Van Voorhees, M.D.
“Scaling can accumulate in the ear, actually causing a blockage. ... You can imagine if you had an ear plug sitting in your ear, that’s come from this scale formation, that that could impair your hearing. Sometimes my patients don’t think of mentioning it to me, and I don’t think dermatologists have been accustomed to asking their patients about any kind of hearing impairment.”
Episode 30: “Insights on the Prevention of Psoriatic Arthritis,” by Christopher Ritchlin, M.D.
“Psoriatic arthritis is not an inevitable outcome for patients with psoriasis, but the challenge we are now facing is: How can we determine the 30 percent of patients with psoriasis who are at risk to develop psoriatic arthritis?”
Episode 38: “The Emotional Side of Psoriatic Disease,” by Richard Fried, M.D.
“If we have physical health – our vital signs are good, our blood sugar is good, we’re not being deranged by arthritis or cancer – but our mental health is poor, then the life that we live is dramatically diminished and the length of our life is often dramatically diminished.”
Episode 46: “Look Your Best and Be in Fashion with Psoriasis,” by NPF volunteer Alisha Bridges
“There are some go-to materials that I like to wear. Cotton is easy to clean and it does not stain when you put on topical treatments. Next would be polyester, rayon, satin or chiffon. They’re some of my favorite materials to wear in the summertime because I get the coverage that I need but it’s also very lightweight and people aren’t looking at me strange for wearing long sleeves. ... The more moisturized your skin is, the less agitated your skin will become with different materials.”
“Hard to Treat: Palmoplantar Psoriasis,” by Bruce Strober, M.D.
“Approximately 25 percent of patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis have palmoplantar involvement, commonly called ‘hand and foot’ psoriasis. It might only be on the hands, or it might only be on the feet. It might be more on the right than the left, or vice versa. And it might be the only type of psoriasis you have on your body.”
“Managing and Treating Psoriasis with Phototherapy,” by Joel Gelfand, M.D.
“Phototherapy is highly efficacious and is generally considered to be the safest approach to treating psoriasis. There really is no list of internal side effects to using ultraviolet light. That said, there are certain varieties of psoriasis that don’t respond well or where phototherapy isn’t a good option.”
“What’s New in Dermatology: AAD Recap,” by Richard Langley, M.D.
“The data is so new, it’s not published. And that’s why we thought we would do this [webinar] this year, to give you the information probably a year or two before it hits the normal venues you get it from.”
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