Treatment for Psoriasis at McFarland

McFarland dermatologist, StuartKolner, discusses the medical condition psoriasis, along with treatment options offered at McFarland to manage this condition. Psoriasis is a multisystem inflammatory disease. WhenI wastraining, we thought it a skin disease, but we have come to learn that it is reallydue to an overactive immune system, cellsparticular called Thelper cells. Thesearethe skin butother organs, andpsoriasis, these cells are activated inappropriately.They begin to churn out chemicals that cause inflammation, and ordinarily, this processis doneresponse to some infecting organism but there's no infecting organism. So, inpsoriasis, it's an inappropriate activation

of a natural immune system function that resultsin inflammation. It affects the skin most prominently, but about oneten psoriasispatients also have a very significant arthritis that can destroy their joints and so forth.So, it can be quite a significant illness from that point of view. What we see mostoftenpsoriasis is, it's called a plaque. It's a region of skin that's red and elevatedand covered with a silvery type of scale. Patients with psoriatic arthritis also haveinflammation of joints, so this often occursthe hands. The joints can be swollen aneddened, and that can be characteristic too. To treat psoriasis, what we call a therapeuticladder, which means there are rungs, and the

lower rungs are simpler, safer things. Andas you climb the ladder, it gets more costly or more risky. The simplest approach is topicaltreatments with medied creams, ointments, and that sort of thing, and I would say atleast 60% of psoriasis patients can be adequately treated with that. Next, there's phototherapy,ultraviolet light therapy. We can deliver thisour , andselective cases,the patient can acquire a home phototherapy unit if they live a distance away and so forth.Ultraviolet light, certain wavelengths, particularly what we call ultraviolet type B, can helpclear the psoriasis cells from the skin. Next are pills, and there's three main pills thatcan be used to treat psoriasis. These are

all fraught with difficulties. They have associatedorgan toxicities. For instance, one is toxic to kidneys, one to the liver, and so theyneed to be used very carefully with blood testing and so forth, but they can be effective.The last thing is one of the more, the newer and more exciting areas, is called biologictherapy. These involve injectable mediions that are extremely effective, but also extremelycostly. These cost on the order of $20,000 a year to use, and so even with insuranceparticipation, there's often a copay that can make them costprohibitive. The best approachto managing psoriasis is a comprehensive approach. Skin needs to be hyated well. Psoriasistends to flare if skin ies out. Using the

mediions that we prescribe regularly andaccording to the instructions is also important. It's not letting the psoriasis get out ofhand or flare up to the point where it's difficult to control. Those are important. We try tokeep it controlled at a low level of activity. For more information about psoriasis and theMcFarland Dermatology department, go online to mcfarland , or call (515)2'4492.

Reverse Rheumatoid Arthritis with Natural Medicine Barker ND

hritis, they should think about trying thenatural living lifestyle. There are a number of aspects of the natural living lifestyle,but one of the most important is diet. We think about diet for rheumatoid arthritiswe want to look at decreasing inflammation, so we want to take out foods that are goingto increase inflammation like red meat, dairy products; we want to putfoods that aregoing to decrease inflammation vegetables, fish, for example. We want to think aboutaddingsupplements that may be helpful: probiotics and omega3 fatty acidstheform of flax or fish oils can be very helpfulpatients with rheumatoid arthritis. Andof course I recommend the patients find a

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