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Updated 15 August 2013

Psoriasis 'undertreated' in US

Psoriasis affects millions of Americans, but a new study suggests it remains undertreated.

The autoimmune skin disorder known as psoriasis affects millions of Americans, but a new study suggests it remains woefully undertreated.

"Dermatologists, especially those that specialise in caring for patients with psoriasis, are well aware of the fact that many patients are untreated or undertreated," said Dr Gary Goldenberg, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. "This is especially concerning for those patients with moderate to severe disease and those with psoriatic arthritis, which affects approximately 30% of patients with psoriasis."

Day noted that people with psoriasis may also suffer from joint pain or pitting of the nails, especially for those with a subset of psoriasis known as psoriatic arthritis. But she added that these and other symptoms can often be managed with newer drugs. "With many of the newer treatments, namely the biologics, they can avoid and even treat joint destruction and the associated pain and co-morbidities [illnesses]," Day said.

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