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Psoriasis patients should pay attention to joint pain and nail symptoms!

About half of people with psoriasis experience uneven nail growth, which causes pitting, flaking, or discoloration of the nails. Inflammatory joint disease may occur in approximately 10-30% of patients. Therefore, when nail symptoms in the form of pitting and joint pain occur, a dermatologist should be consulted.

Psoriasis is a disease that occurs in the form of rashes covered with psoriasis-colored scales on the skin. Although psoriasis can be seen in every part of the body, on the scalp, genital area, even in the eyelids, lips and mouth, it is also seen in protruding places such as knees and elbows. It usually occurs at young ages (15-35 years) and improvements continue throughout life with relapses. It can also occur in infancy and later in life. Psoriasis in babies is usually seen in the diaper area and can be confused with diaper rash. The aim of the treatment is to achieve the best possible recovery with the least side effects and to maintain the well-being for a long time. The appropriate treatment for each patient may differ. These treatments can be applied under regular dermatologist control. In the treatment of psoriasis, external cortisone preparations in the form of cream and pomade, ultraviolet treatments, drugs such as methotrexate, cyclosporine and acitretin containing vitamin A acid in joint involvement are traditional systemic drugs taken orally.

In addition, in patients who do not respond to local treatments, ultraviolet and traditional systemic treatments, or in cases that prevent the use of these drugs, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, injectable biological treatments can be used. Patients who come to regular dermatological controls will definitely benefit from treatments arranged according to the condition of their disease.