Fast Five Quiz: Severe Psoriasis

Dirk M. Elston, MD; William D. James, MD

Disclosures

December 20, 2021

Figure 1. Severe psoriasis

Combining objective and subjective measures is required to determine the severity of psoriasis. Objective measures include BSA involvement, disease location, symptoms, and presence of psoriatic arthritis. Subjective measures include the physical, financial, and emotional impact of the disease on the patient. Generally, more than 10% of the body is affected in severe psoriasis; however, when visible areas (such as the face, scalp, hands, and nails) are involved, or when severe symptoms (such as itching) are not properly controlled by topical treatments, systemic therapy may be necessary, regardless of BSA involvement.

Learn more about the treatment implications of psoriasis severity.

Comments

3090D553-9492-4563-8681-AD288FA52ACE
Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.

processing....