Psoriasis Top 10
- Do lifestyle factors such as diet, dietary supplements, alcohol, smoking, weight loss and exercise play a part in treating psoriasis?
- Does treating psoriasis early (or proactively) reduce the severity of the disease, make it more likely to go into remission, or stop other health conditions developing?
- What factors predict how well psoriasis will respond to a treatment?
- What is the best way to treat the symptoms of psoriasis: itching, burning, redness, scaling and flaking?
- How well do psychological and educational interventions work for adults and children with psoriasis?
- Does treating psoriasis help improve other health conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and stress?
- Why do psoriasis treatments stop working well against psoriasis and when they stop working well, what’s the best way to regain control of the disease?
- To what extent is psoriasis caused by a person’s genes or other factors, such as stress, gut health, water quality, or change in the weather / temperature?
- Is a person with psoriasis more likely to develop other health conditions (either as a consequence of psoriasis or due to the effect of treatments for psoriasis)? If so, which ones?
- What’s the best way to treat sudden flare ups of psoriasis?
The following questions were also discussed and put in order of priority at the workshop:
- Are oral and biological treatments for psoriasis safe to use for people with psoriasis or their partner if they are trying to have a baby, and are they safe to use during pregnancy?
- What are the long-term benefits and risks of oral and biological psoriasis treatments?
- Are lifestyle factors such as diet, alcohol intake, weight change and smoking involved in causing psoriasis?
- Can oral and biological treatments for psoriasis be combined safely and does combining them work well?
- Could gene therapy help to treat psoriasis?
- How does psoriasis affect a person psychologically?
- What factors affect how psoriasis will progress, or whether it will go into remission?
- How do changes in female hormones, such as during puberty, pregnancy, miscarriage, menopause and contraceptive use, affect psoriasis and its treatment?
- What is the best and most cost-effective way of monitoring an oral or biological therapy for psoriasis e.g. clinical review, blood tests and measurement of medicine/antibodies levels?
- What triggers a sudden flare up of psoriasis and how long do these usually last?
For full details of all of the questions identified by this PSP, please see the document below.