March 2, 2009

Can Psoriasis Kill?

I always hear the word Psoriasis as a kind of disease, but I do not have any idea about it. In order for me not to be ignorant, I did some research on the net and just found out that it is a reddish, scaly rash often located over the surfaces of the elbows, knees, scalp, and around or in the ears, navel, genitals or buttocks. It is also an autoimmune disease that is mediated by T lymphocytes and considered as a very common disease. But do you know that chronic plaque psoriasis affects proximately 2% of people around the world? According to some research studies, there are about 10-15% of patients with psoriasis develop joint inflammation (inflammatory arthritis). Treatment options include topical steroid creams, tar soap preparations, exposure to ultraviolet light and to some they are using the kind of drug called Raptiva.

The question arises: Can Psoriasis kill? The disease alone cannot, but the drug Raptiva PML can! I just recently knew that the FDA warned that kind of drug because it can cause a serious brain infection called Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. Just imagine how that kind of drug would kill patients if we will not properly disseminate such information. It is so sad to know if there were lives who had already been victimized with this drug. If you want to know more about this information you can fully read it in here at .

If you know someone who is suffering from Psoriasis, please do not hesitate to inform them about the Raptiva side effects. If possible discourage them from using that drug and help them be aware of this!


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