Psoriasis: Everything You Need to Know

Psoriasis: Everything You Need to Know

by Richard G.B. Langley
     
 

Helpful advice for relief of a chronic condition that affects millions.

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory, non-contagious skin disease. Characterized by itchy, thick and raised red areas of skin covered with silvery-white scales, psoriasis affects 1 in 50 adults. This affliction makes it one of the world's most common skin disorders. Appearing at any

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Helpful advice for relief of a chronic condition that affects millions.

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory, non-contagious skin disease. Characterized by itchy, thick and raised red areas of skin covered with silvery-white scales, psoriasis affects 1 in 50 adults. This affliction makes it one of the world's most common skin disorders. Appearing at any age, it can affect relationships, the ability to work and to enjoy leisure activities.

Psoriasis is a straightforward book about an all too common problem. The information is presented in clear, understandable terms for non-medical readers, covering:

  • Causes
  • Psychosocial effects
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment options
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Psoriasis in children.

Psoriasis includes line drawings, case studies, a comprehensive resource list and a glossary.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Private Practice)
Description: This is a patient friendly guide about psoriasis. It answers in plain English the common questions patients ask about psoriasis: Am I contagious? Is it curable? Is it going to take over all of my skin? Will my children get psoriasis? The author has psoriasis and his personal sentiments reflect this understanding in educating and encouraging patients about caring for their psoriasis. There is a layman's medical dictionary that explains medical terms used in the book
Purpose: The purpose is to educate patients about their psoriasis. Medical personnel will find helpful explanations to use when discussing the topic with patients.
Audience: The audience is persons with psoriasis and family with relatives who have psoriasis.
Features: There are good descriptions of the various treatments for psoriasis as well as the pros and cons. Patient information on potential side effects to be alert for and when to notify the dermatologist about particular symptoms (and the importance of such) are helpful for the patient and aid the physician in treating the patient effectively and safely. A lot of the mystery of the different therapies is removed after reading the book.
Assessment: This is a good patient educational tool. Dermatologists should recommend this book to any patient with psoriasis. The information is accurate and easy to understand and will relieve a lot of patient anxiety about psoriasis. Have them read this book before they surf the web and scare themselves silly!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554070930
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Series:
Your Personal Health Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Richard Langley is assistant professor of dermatology and director of research at Dalhousie University. An international expert on psoriasis and skin cancer, he has co-authored ten books and many articles and abstracts.

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