Summary

It is important to remember that psoriasis is a lifelong illness with no known cure and often has a significant psychosocial component. Author John Updike has said about his own psoriatic condition, that "my torture is skin deep" and that "we hate to look upon ourselves," calling himself a "leper."50 This disease may be very visible and emotionally distressing, and can cause significant disability both physically and psychologically, affecting psychosocial functioning and quality of life. Empathy and a caring attitude can go a long way in the care of these patients.50

Abbreviations Introduced in This Chapter

AAD

American Academy of Dermatology

APC

Antigen-presenling cells

BAD

British Academy of Dermatology

BMI

Body mass index

BRM

Biologic response modifier

BS

Bowel sounds

CHF

Congestive heart failure

DHA

Docosahexaenoic acid

EPA

Eicosapentaenoic acid

ICA.VI-1

Intracellular cell adhesion molecules

IF-y

I nter fero n -ga m m a

IL-2

InterIeu kin-2

LFA-3

Leukocyte function-associated antigen type 3

LFT

Liver function test

NB-UVB

Narrowband ultraviolet B

PIIINP

The aminoterminal propeptide of type III

procollagen

PML

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy

PPD

Purified protein derivative

PU VA

Psoralens + ultraviolet A

RePUVA

Oral retinoid + PUVA

ReUVB

Acitretin + ultraviolet B

RRR

Regular rate and rhythm

SCAT

Short-contact anthralin therapy-

TNF

Tumor necrosis factor

UVB

^ Self-assessment questions and answers are available at ht-tp://www. mhpharmacotherapy. com/pp.html.

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