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I have red, itchy, hot skin on both legs. It spread from one

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I have red, itchy, hot skin on both legs. It spread from one to the other. It's been spreading for a year and now covers 50% of lower legs. Skin is tight and stretched in some areas and flakey in others. Had private derm app 6 months ago and was diagnosed with trauma psoriasis from just a quick examination.Treatment has not been effective. Many thanks for your opening on next steps. Heather
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
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Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

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Could you attach a picture of the red skin on the legs?

What treatments were previously tried?

Do you have any other medical problems?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Dr Love,
Apologies for the delay in responding, I was gathering together the info you asked for. (I'm actually enquiring on behalf of my Mum).
The pictures you requested I am unable to attach because this question has been closed. I will try calling customer service.
The treatment that has been used without effect is as follows:
Medical history - nothing major....irregular heartbeat....frequent morning migrane possible due to sleep apnia. Frequent bladder infection and pain in that area. On a daily dose on antibiotics for that.
Many thanks,
Alison (daughter of Heather *****)
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello, here are two images related to my question. Looking forward to your response. Many thanks, Alison
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the pictures.

The appearance on the pictures is the typical appearance for psoriasis, so it is not surprising that a Dermatologist did not require a lengthy exam to make a diagnosis.

Psoirasis can be very stubborn in some people. There are a number of topical treatments that can be tried, and it is common to require multiple treatments to have much of an effect. The medicines that she has tried include steroids, a mild antibiotic combined with a steroid, and medicines to moisturize the skin, which try to soften the upper layers of skin to allow the other topical medicines to penetrate better.

Other topical medicines that can be used include anthralin, calcipotriene, and tazarotene. Anthralin inhibits the cells involves in the psoriatic lesion. Calcipotriene is a vitamin D derivative. Tazarotene is a retinoid. If the psoriasis does not respond to topical treatment, the usual next step would be phototherapy, and oral treatments are also available, but she should be tried on other topical medicines before considering these other options.

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