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Psoriasis and Pregnancy

Background: Women comprise half of all psoriasis patients and because the majority of psoriasis cases present before age 40 the disease affects women who may become pregnant. Information regarding the heritability of psoriasis can be used in counseling patients who inquire about the potential risk to their children. Patients with psoriasis who become pregnant will likely notice an associated improvement of their symptoms if any change is noted at all. Objective: Because of potential fetal effects, the treatment of chronic psoriasis in pregnancy involves prudent consideration of whether the severity of the disease warrants treatment and selection of the safest treatments available. Conclusion: Topical corticosteroids and topical calcipotriene as well as topical anthralin and topical tacrolimus appear to be safe choices for control of localized psoriasis in pregnancy. UVB is the safest treatment for extensive psoriasis during pregnancy, particularly when topical application of other agents is not practical. Short-term use of cyclosporine during pregnancy is probably the safest option for management of severe psoriasis that has not responded to topical or UVB treatment.

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Tauscher, A., Fleischer, A., Phelps, K. et al. Psoriasis and Pregnancy . JCMS 6, 561–570 (2002).

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  • Psoriasis
  • Tacrolimus
  • Topical Corticosteroid
  • Safe Treatment
  • Psoriasis Patient