Inpatient Management of Psoriasis
Title: Inpatient management of severe psoriasis.
Authors: 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
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.