Dr. Josephine Futrell, M.D., Ph.D., Dermatology

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Psoriasis Awareness Month — August 15, 2021

Psoriasis Awareness Month

Psoriasis affects about 2% of the U.S. population. Psoriasis is a chronic, genetic, non-contagious skin disorder that appears in many different forms and can affect any part of the body, including the nails and scalp. Psoriasis is categorized as mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the percentage of body surface involved and the impact on the patient’s quality of life.

If you or family member think you may have psoriasis, call our office for an appointment with one of our Board Certified Dermatologists. Our doctors offer treatments ranging from topicals, to oral medication, to biologic injections.

For more information check the National Psoriasis Foundation website at www.psoriasis.org or The American Academy of Dermatology at www.aad.org.

Psoriasis and Coronavirus — March 26, 2020

Psoriasis and Coronavirus

Many patients who have severe psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are on medications called immunologics.  These medications work by altering portions of the immune system at the cellular level.  Because of this, patients on these medications may may have an increased risk of infection. Certain drugs, such as those called TNF inhibitors (drugs like Enbrel and Humira), may have a higher risk than others.

When deciding whether to continue or stop your medication, you also need to think about other factors that may put you in a higher risk group such as diabetes, COPD, or age greater than 60.

None of us knows everything about this virus.  Call your doctor and have a frank discussion about your concerns.

Stay healthy.

Josie Futrell, MD

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