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What causes a dry, red, well defined, scaly patches on the leg and elbow?

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Dr. Kakkar S.


Practicing since :2002

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Posted on Mon, 30 Jul 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Dermatologist
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 30 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Plaque Psoriasis

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you.

I am Dr kakkar (Dermatologist and Venereologist). I have noted your concern.
I have viewed the images - dry, red, well defined, scaly patches on your leg and elbow.
This seems like classical PLAQUE PSORIASIS .
I would like to know where else do you have these patches?and since how long you have these patches?

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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 21 hours later
These are present since 1-2 yrs atleast and they come and go
They are slightly itchy but no pain
Recently saw a GP and said it was atypical dermatitis
And prescribed steroid creams which were never regularly applied

Could u pl let me know what are the complications
1. Is psoriatic arthritis common in this variety ?
And if so what is the percentage of patients affected by arthritis
2. and what are other complicationa and how frequent are they ?
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
Regarding psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

Detailed Answer:

Psoriatic arthritis develops in as many as 5% of patients with psoriasis, however estimates range from 5%to 30%. Most commonly it affects large joints in a symmetrical pattern just like Rheumatoid arthritis, however, distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint involvement is classic of psoriasis which is more common in those with severe psoriatic nail involvement.
Other complications in psoriasis are obesity, metabolic syndrome, higher risk of heart disease and treatment related complications like liver toxicity and bone marrow toxicity.

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