Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes red and itchy patches due to building up of cells on the surface of the skin. The symptoms include red, thick, and scaly skin, dry and cracked skin, itching and burning sensation, and stiff joints.

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Is vitamin D deficiency one of the reasons for psoriasis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from psoriasis for the past 24 years. I have tried a lot of ointments already. I heard one of the reasons is lack of vitamin D. Is it true? I am 54 years old now.  Read Full »


Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Psoriasis is a T-cell mediated autoimmune disorder. What you have heard about lack of Vitamin D as its cause is a myth among patients because nowadays there is a new class of topical drugs available which are analogues of Vitamin D. These reduce the excessive cell proli...  Read Full »

Why do I have multiple painful cracks on my palm which get bruised easily?

Query: Hi doctor, There are multiple cracks in the palm with pain. If I touch anything, I get a wound. I can see that the wound surface is hard and blackish. What is this?  Read Full »


Dr. Kalpana Pathak

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the description provided, it seems that you could be having eczema or psoriasis. Right now, just use a good emollient like Cetaphil Dam over hands multiple times a day and apply Cosvate G cream (combination of Clobetasol propionate and Gentamicin sulfate) two to t...  Read Full »

Is it fine to get the COVID vaccine when there is a flare-up of psoriasis?

Query: Hi doctor, I had TB in the abdomen thirteen years ago, had medicine for two years. I am having psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis for the past eight years. I have diabetes for the last two years. Also, a couple of years ago had LTB and taken medicine for one year (Benadon and Isoniazid). Again two m...  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Increase protein intake in your diet like dates, green leafy vegetables, egg yolk, chicken, nuts, etc. Take tablet H-Vit Forte (Biotin), a multivitamin hair pill, after breakfast for 30 days. Avoid stress, anxiety, painkillers as it acts as aggravation factors in psoria...  Read Full »

Why does my penis have dark discoloration?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some dark discoloration on my penis. I showed it to my family doctor and he did some blood tests. He told me that there is nothing to be worried about it. But this concerns me a lot. I read a lot about penile cancers and figured discoloration as one of the early symptoms. I also cam...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attached image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems to be benign penile melanosis. You need to know that there are some color changes observed in the coloration of penile melanosis. Your condition looks fine and you can ...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to take Prednisone for psoriasis flare-up?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 years old. I have severe psoriasis from 12 years of age. I am using biologic Humira for ten years and it worked well. Two weeks back, I got a streptococcal throat infection. After that, my psoriasis began to flare up. I am taking slight treatments but it is not getting better. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not take oral steroids for a short course for psoriasis. It will make your condition resistant causing a flare-up. It may also lead to erythrodermic psoriasis. Oral steroids can be taken in emergency cases for psoriasis. If your condition is under control, then i...  Read Full »

Why is the skin black and itchy on the buttocks, elbows, and around my eyes?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a skin condition where my skin is black and I have itching on my buttocks, hand elbows, and around my eyes.   Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, please mention whether you have two different conditions such as itching and black spots, or suggest whether you have itching on black spots. I need an answer to my question for having a definitive diagnosis. Please mention whether you have black spots or ...  Read Full »

I have rash on my inner thighs. Can it be due to psoriasis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a rash on my inner thighs. I am male, 28 years. I have had history of ezcema, psoriasis and jock itch. Hands, feet, and groin area. I am trying to determine if I have psoriasis or jock itch. I have been using Antroquoril cream. I also have Emuovate available too. It is frustratin...  Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hope you are keeping safe and doing well. 1) I understand your concern about the doubt of it being a psoriatic or a fungal lesion. I have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and read your brief history, it most likely looks like ...  Read Full »

I have redness and itchiness in toes. Is it psoriasis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some infection like redness and itching in toes. I am afraid, is it an infection or psoriasis? It is there since last 4 months and progressing slowly slowly. On cosultation with doctor, I took Itraconazole 100 mg BID, Montelukast with Desloratidine OD and used Amorolfine ointm...  Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hope you are staying safe. 1) I saw the attached photo and have read your history (attachment removed to protect patient identity), as the interdigital spaces (between the toes) are unaffected it does not look like a fungal infection to me, and if it was, it should...  Read Full »

Is scalp psoriasis curable?

Query: Hi doctor, I have psoriasis and would like to ask you whether I can apply castor oil to my head where I have psoriasis. I have severe hair loss. Can I use baby shampoo for my hair? And I also have another question: Despite eating a lot, how some girls are still thin? I hope I will get an answer s...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Scalp psoriasis is a very complicated disease. It needs multiple and extended duration therapy. Castor oil may work as a moisturizer, but it is not a treatment. There are a few shampoos containing Salicylic acid which could work better than regular shampoo. There are o...  Read Full »

I have developed scalp, fingers and nail psoriasis inspite of applying Tacrolimus. Please advice.

Query: Hello doctor. I am a 35-year-old male with moderate obesity. I do not have any chronic ailments like diabetes, BP, etc. The skin on my inner groins (slightly close to the gluteal folds) has become dark over the years and due to constant friction between the inner thighs has developed dryness and cr...  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case. Yes, it could be flexural psoriasis as you have psoriasis on two other body parts. Please apply clobetasol propionate ointment mix it with petroleum jelly or vaseline and use two times a day for 14 days. And apply Tacrolimus ointment at...  Read Full »

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