Inpatient Management of Psoriasis

Title: Inpatient management of severe psoriasis.
: Nelson AA, et al.
Publication: J Drugs Dermatol. 2005 Sep-Oct;4(5):564-70.

In the past, severe psoriasis often required inpatient hospitalization for several weeks to reduce the symptoms, prevent other diseases and mortality. Today, despite declining hospitalization of psoriatic patients, there are those who have severe, acute psoriasis that would require inpatient hospitalization.

The majority of literature describes treatment of psoriasis in an outpatient setting. In this article, the authors reviewed the differences between inpatient and outpatient management of psoriasis and further described various inpatient treatment options for severe psoriasis.

The inpatient treatment is optimal for rapid acting and highly effective treatment agents. The authors suggested that the risks of long-term use of a treatment is far less important in inpatient setting since the aim was to treat the acute psoriasis attack, as compared to outpatient treatment of chronic psoriasis.

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