Plaque Psoriasis Questions & Answers

Updated: Mar 17, 2021
  • Author: Harvey Lui, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is plaque psoriasis?

What are the signs and symptoms of plaque psoriasis?

How is plaque psoriasis diagnosed?

How is plaque psoriasis treated?

How is plaque psoriasis characterized?

What is the pathophysiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of environmental factors in the pathophysiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of genetics in the etiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of trauma in the etiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of sunlight exposure in the etiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role streptococcal infection in the etiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of HIV infection in the etiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of medications in the etiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of stress in the etiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of smoking in the etiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of alcohol consumption in the etiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of hormones in the etiology of plaque psoriasis?

What is the prevalence of plaque psoriasis?

What are the sexual predilections of plaque psoriasis?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of plaque psoriasis?

What are the racial predilections of plaque psoriasis?

What is the prognosis of plaque psoriasis?

What is the mortality and morbidity associated with plaque psoriasis?

What is included in patient education about plaque psoriasis?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of plaque psoriasis?

How are the lesions of plaque psoriasis characterized?

How are the margins of plaque psoriasis lesions characterized?

How the color of plaque psoriasis lesions characterized?

How are the scales of plaque psoriasis lesions characterized?

What is the typical distribution of plaque psoriasis lesions on the body?

How is pruritus of plaque psoriasis lesions characterized?

Which physical findings of the nails are characteristic of plaque psoriasis?

Which physical findings are characteristic of plaque psoriasis in children?

Which physical findings are characteristic of inverse psoriasis?

Which physical findings are characteristic of psoriatic arthritis?

Which risks are increased in obese patients with plaque psoriasis?

Which patient groups with plaque psoriasis have the highest risk of alcoholism?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Plaque Psoriasis?

Workup

What is the role of lab tests in the workup of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of skin biopsy in the workup of plaque psoriasis?

Which epidermis histologic findings are characteristic of plaque psoriasis?

Which dermis histologic findings are characteristic of plaque psoriasis?

Treatment

What are the approaches to the treatment of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of topical therapy in the treatment of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of phototherapy in the treatment of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of systemic therapy in the treatment of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of biologic therapies in the treatment of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of TNF inhibitors in the treatment of plaque psoriasis?

What is the role of interleukin inhibitors in the treatment of plaque psoriasis?

What are the possible complications of plaque psoriasis?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with plaque psoriasis?

Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of plaque psoriasis?

How are flare-ups of plaque psoriasis prevented?

Guidelines

Which organization has released guidelines on the treatment of plaque psoriasis?

What are general clinical practice guidelines on the management and treatment of psoriasis with topical and alternative therapies, nonbiologic therapies, phototherapy, and biologic therapies?

What are the clinical practice guidelines for biologic therapy for psoriasis?

What are the clinical practice guidelines on phototherapy for psoriasis?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of plaque psoriasis?

Which medications in the drug class Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitors are used in the treatment of Plaque Psoriasis?

Which medications in the drug class Immunosuppressants are used in the treatment of Plaque Psoriasis?

Which medications in the drug class DMARDs, PDE4 Inhibitors are used in the treatment of Plaque Psoriasis?

Which medications in the drug class Interleukin Inhibitors are used in the treatment of Plaque Psoriasis?

Which medications in the drug class Topical Combinations are used in the treatment of Plaque Psoriasis?

Which medications in the drug class Keratolytic Agents are used in the treatment of Plaque Psoriasis?

Which medications in the drug class Antipsoriatics, Topical are used in the treatment of Plaque Psoriasis?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids, Topical are used in the treatment of Plaque Psoriasis?