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Should Psoriasis Patients Begin Treatment Earlier in Life?

According to data presented at the Annual Carribean Dermatology Symposium this month, some medical experts believe that the earlier dermatologists begin treating psoriasis patients the better to help patients from developing various co-morbidities and perhaps prevent the development of certain diseases like high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes.  The standard of care when using some psoriasis drugs has been to delay their introduction until the patient absolutely cannot deal without them, and this was to avoid buildup of toxicity from some of the active ingredients.  However, based on qualitative and quantitative research conducted by dermatologists and the National Psoriasis Foundation, this skin disease can have a traumatic impact on patients’ (especially children’s) psychosocial development.  For some, these factors can lead to social isolation, depression and lack of physical activity, which can create a vicious cycle.  The theory of some medical researchers is that if dermatologists can intervene earlier that treatment may be able to circumvent the psychosocial issues that lead to diseases like non-insulin dependent diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and cholesterol.  Though psoriasis is a skin disease, it is beyond skin deep.  Stephen Mahoney M.D. of West Houston Dermatology Laser & Skincare Center is an expert in treating psoriasis patients of all ages with compassion.