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Psoriasis is a condition in which red, itchy, scaly patches appear form on the skin as a result of abnormal skin cell growth. This condition is hereditary and equally affects males and females. While psoriasis by itself causes major discomfort, a recent study suggests that individuals with psoriasis are much more likely to also have kidney disease. What else do we know about this possible association?
Researchers at the University of Philadelphia studied 834,000 people, 144,000 of whom suffered from varying levels of psoriasis. It turned out that patients with moderate to severe psoriasis were at greater risk of developing moderate to advanced kidney disease compared to healthy individuals. In addition, a psoriasis patient’s risk of developing kidney disease significantly increased with age, especially amongst those aged 50 and above. No association, however, was found between mild cases of psoriasis and raised incidences of chronic kidney disease. What has been gathered from this study?
At this point, further research is necessary to accurately define the association between psoriasis and kidney disease. The appropriate treatment method for this double condition also needs to be determined. At a bare minimum, it is clear that psoriasis sufferers, especially those suffering from moderate to severe psoriasis, should be screened regularly for kidney disease to catch and treat it at its early stages. Given the association between these two conditions, ideally a medication would be developed that can treat both simultaneously.
Whether or not one also has kidney disease, psoriasis is an extremely uncomfortable condition. Not only does psoriasis affect the skin, it also affects the mind, as patients experiencing symptoms often feel anxious or depressed. In the case of psoriatic arthritis, the debilitating pain can severely interrupt one’s daily routine. It is therefore important that everyone with psoriasis seek proper treatment by a board-certified dermatologist. Treatment for psoriasis often entails a trial-and-error approach, so it is important to remain patient throughout treatment and communicate any concerns to your dermatologist.
If you are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis, there is no reason to let it take over your life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating psoriasis and other concerns of the hair, skin and nails. We offer the latest treatment methods for psoriasis, including laser treatment. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Fresh Meadows), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Ridgewood, Bergen County, NJ, Summit, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.
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