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Accutane for PRP
I will try to
be brief. I was first
diagnosed having psoriasis. I
went on cyclosporine and then MTX. These
did not improve my condition. Then
I went to several specialists and was diagnosed having PRP (Pityriasis
Rubra Pilaris). Now I am
going to be treated with Accutane. How
does Accutane improve this condition?
What actually do these drugs do?
How do they combat the illness?
What do you call psoriasis
and PRP? Condition?
Also, why does my dermatologist say moisturize,
moisturize, moisturize? Does
the moisturizer break down the flakes?
The more I hear, the more confused I get. Thanks for your web site. I know I am not alone when I get involved with your site. -Karppy
Response: I’m not going to
be able to alleviate your confusion, Karppy, because I know nothing about
PRP except what I read at WebMD (http://my.webmd.com/printing/article/4115.424).
The definition, reproduced from this page at WebMD is:
mildly itchy chronic skin disorder that is possibly caused by an inherited
metabolic defect. Initially,
the disorder is characterized by elevated spots (papules) on the skin.
These spots grow and become connected, producing red plaques over
Note they use
the term “disorder.” You
may also want to read Don’t Call It
a Disease in the archives, here.
Accutane is a
potentially dangerous drug that currently requires your signature on a
patient consent form. Click
here for the story about this. The
active ingredient in Accutane is isotretinoin
and, as I understand it (again, from WebMD), it works by “unclogging
skin pores and shrinking oil glands to a very small size.”
It is a vitamin A derivative and is mostly used for stubborn acne.
I don’t know how the drug is supposed to help PRP or psoriasis.
For more information, read
this article at WebMD.com.
several reasons why you are being told to moisturize.