Vitamin D Analogues for Psoriasis

Vitamin D analogues are popular for the local treatment of psoriasis.  The first compound approved in the U.S. was calcipotriene (brand name Dovonex) available as cream, ointment, and lotion (for the scalp) for twice daily application.  It was modestly effective but performed much better when combined with a topical corticosteroid. …

When Should a Primary Care Doc Refer to a Dermatologist?

The answer to the question depends on the extent of training in dermatology and the individual physician’s comfort level in dealing with skin diseases.  Currently, the definition of “primary care providers” includes family practitioners, internists, pediatricians, and gynecologists, but may be expanded to include nurse practitioners.  The education of U.S. medical …

Cyclosporine, Psoriasis, and Grapefruit Juice

Cyclosporine (CS), a potent immunosuppressive peptide, was discovered by Sandoz in 1975.  Clinical testing showed that it was very effective for preventing rejection of life-saving organ transplants such as kidney, heart, liver, and bone marrow.  Investigators also noted the impressive ability of CS to clear up any psoriasis on the …

Psoriasis by Charles Camisa

Psoriasis by Charles Camisa as published in Disease Management Project. This site provides access to the complete chapter from Current Clinical Medicine, Second Edition.  Read the chapter. This page allows users to reference the entire medical book by chapter in the table of contents. More About Psoriasis: Psoriasis: Questions and Answers Current Psoriasis Treatments

Current Psoriasis Treatments

In this video Dr. Camisa discusses “What is Psoriasis?” and current treatments for psoriasis including various creams, photo-therapy (ultraviolet light) and chemo-therapy regimens. The video demonstrates the use of various light therapy provided in a full body cabinet, using a laser beam or a light unit for hands and feet. …