The Dermatologist is excited to publish this special issue, Psoriasis Treatment Today. It continues to be a ground-breaking time in the development of therapies to treat psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis remains one of the most common chronic inflammatory skin diseases, with worldwide prevalence ranging from 0.5% to 11.4% in adults. Psoriasis occurs in various clinical forms, including chronic plaque, guttate, pustular, erythrodermic, inverse, and nail psoriasis.1
This issue is packed with the most up-to-date research and information on the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In the lead article, Tackling the Impossible: Psoriasis Treatment Algorithm Guided by Patients’ Preferences, Steven Feldman, MD, PhD, the Chief Medical editor of The Dermatologist, and his co-authors Leonardo Tjahjono and Abigail Cline, MD, PhD; delve into the challenge of finding the optimal therapies for each patient with these conditions (page 17).
“The numerous presentations of psoriasis can make choosing from among the numerous treatment options overwhelming for patients and physicians,” explained Dr Feldman “Treatment algorithms can help guide the decision. This article describes psoriasis treatment algorithms based not only on the severity of the disease and widely accepted guidelines, but also on patients’ preferences for efficacy, price, and safety.”
In Emerging Treatments for Psoriasis, Marshall J. Shuler, MD, updates readers on recently approved therapies, drugs in development, and expanded labels for existing psoriasis drugs continue to offer clinicians and patients an expanding range of options for treatments (page 28). It can be hard to keep pace with the approvals, but Dr Shuler summarizes what has been happening in this dynamic and changing landscape.
The issue also includes breaking psoriasis news (page 14), and research updates from the latest peer-review literature in the psoriasis review section (page 32). Test your skills to come up with the correct diagnosis for The Photo Quiz on page 34.
As always, it is a pleasure to present our readers with the most recent advances in the area of psoriasis.
Lisa B. Samalonis
1. Voorhees AV, Feldman S, Lebwohl M, Mandelin A, Ritchlin C. The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Pocket Guide: Treatment Algorithms and Management Options. 4th ed. Portland, OR: National Psoriasis Foundation; 2017. https://www.psoriasis.org/sites/default/files/npf_pocketguide_2017.pdf. Accessed June 25, 2018.