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    What is the best treatment for psoriasis?

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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    Psoriasis is an inflammation of the skin that produces res scaly plaques.  Common sites are the elbows and knees.  Scalp involvelment produces dandruff like flakes. 
    for more information please see:
    http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Psoriasis_explained?Open

    There are excellent treatments available for psoriasis. There are many differnet creams, ointments and lotions availalbe as well as tablets and phototherapy.  Your Dermatologist can individualize the treatment so you recieve the most appropriate therapy for your psoriasis.

    We are currently recruiting patients with severe psoriasis for clinical trials to investigate new biologic treatments.

    Rod Sinclair
    Epworth Dermatology

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    can certain foods aggrivate psoriasis and what is the best remedy for the face when it burns

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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    A number of medications including lithium are well known to aggrevate psoriasis.  If swollowing a simple salt like lithium in a tablet can be a problem, then swollowing other ingredients as foods are also likely to be capable of aggrevating psoriasis.
    That said, no one has come up with a psoriasis diet that actually helps the condition.  Form a practical point of view if you have found that eating certain foods makes your psoriasis worse then try and avoid those foods as best as possible.

    Psoriasis is fortunately uncommon on the face.  Mild cortisone creams can be helpful.  Best to see a dermatologist for advice. 

    We are currently recruiting volunteers with extensive psoriasis affecting at least  10% of their body surface area for a clinical trial with a new biologic agent. If interested please contact appointments@epworthdermatology.com.au

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