Thursday, October 23, 2008

Answer to Medical Challenge

The answer to the image from yesterday and another image above is
#5- psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a common condition and affects the skin with patches of raised red patches with silvery scales. In the United States, about 7 million people have psoriasis. As you can see, it can also affect the fingernails and toenails. In people with skin psoriasis, 10-55% have psoriatic nail disease and 10-20% also have psoriatic arthritis. Of people with psoriatric arthritis, 50-85% have affected nails.


tracy said...

Ow, that looks so painful and debilitating...not to mention the way the skin is affected and the emotional pain that can cause, along with the physical. What treatments are available?
Has your kitty caught any moose lately...?!

Toni Brayer MD said...

tracy: The nails can sometimes pull away from the nailbed, but it's not generally painful. It just looks bad and can cause some social anxiety. Psoriasis can be treated with creams, phototherapy, sunlight and systemic medication.

Psoriasis is not contageous.

That sweet young deer keeps coming back and he has a broken hind leg. My kitty didn't do it.

tracy said...

Thanks for the information, Dr, fact, i just read that Dr Gawande's daughter had it when she was younger (he wrote about it in "better")...i see it on your book list..i l o v e, his books...! Wish he would write another one...soon...! How about you...??? Pleeeze!!

That poor deer, wish there were something that could be done for it :(

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Tim said...

Oh my God and all the time i thought it was some weird kind of fungus growing under my fingernail, so i had the nail removed and the 'fungus' burnt off, numerous times, until it finally disappeared after about 5 years. If I'd known it was psoriasis i could have saved myself a lot of agony!

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I got a question about this, why or how this happen? I mean which are the conditions of the body to provoke a state like this? thanks for the information.

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For my part every person must go through this.

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