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Jerry Bagel: Approaching Psoriasis Treatment Based on Location
As with many conditions, the kind of care a patient receives can depend on where they live. This can be especially true for dermatology patients needing things like phototherapy. Other factors, like cost and fear, can also impede the treatment process.
Despite the life of a patient with eczema being in many ways similar to that of a patient with psoriasis, their options for treatment are not nearly as robust as the other dermatologic condition.
As patients go through the process of treating their plaque psoriasis, there can be different levels of success depending on a number of situations. As a result, measuring success can be a challenge as well.
With most cases of plaque psoriasis being diagnosed in adolescence the treatment and diagnosis can be a delicate process, especially when parents are involved.
As new treatments for plaque psoriasis are developed the field as a whole is taking a new look at the condition. However, there are still challenges to overcome in diagnosis and treatment.
It was not long ago that patients diagnosed with plaque psoriasis would require a month-long hospital stay for a short-lived treatment of the condition.
Erelzi, a biosimilar of Enbrel (etanercept), has received FDA approval. Biosimilars are defined by the organization as being “highly similar to an FDA-approved biological product” while demonstrating “clinically meaningful differences in terms of safety and effectiveness.”
A small British study indicates that the use of several immunosuppressive agents can restore the effectiveness of ustekinumab (Stelara) in patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

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