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American Academy of Dermatology Issues New Guidelines For The Management of Psoriasis With Topical Therapies
Date:3/2/2009

Dermatologists cite high efficacy-to-safety ratio of topical agents for patients with mild to moderate psoriasis

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) has released new guidelines of care for the management and treatment of psoriasis with topical therapies based on an extensive review of scientific literature on the subject and recommendations of recognized psoriasis experts. This is the Academy's third of six sections of the guidelines of care for psoriasis, with two previously published sections focusing on general recommendations for the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis with an emphasis on the class of treatments known as biologics.

Published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the new psoriasis guidelines present the latest recommendations for treating patients with psoriasis with topical agents. While nearly 7 million Americans are affected by psoriasis, the majority of patients (approximately 80 percent) have limited disease involving less than 5 percent of the body's surface area. Studies have shown that these patients are good candidates for topical therapies which usually provide high degrees of safety and efficacy.

"The AAD evidence-based guidelines provide physicians with the framework for determining if a topical therapy alone or in conjunction with ultraviolet light, systemic or biologic medications will effectively manage a patient's condition," said dermatologist C. William Hanke, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. "However, treatments should be tailored to meet individual patients' needs, which vary depending on body location, characteristics of the psoriasis being treated and patient preferences."

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition which usually begins before age 35 and is characterized by thick, red, scaly patches that itch and bleed. Although it is a genetic diseas
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