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How is psoriasis treated if you have a weak immune system?

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If your natural infection-fighting system is weak because of certain diseases (such as HIV) or medications (such as chemotherapy), it can be dangerous to take drugs that affect your immune system. Those include cyclosporine, methotrexate, biologics (drugs made from living cells), and systemic drugs (ones that work throughout your body).

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Psoriasis," "Psoriatic Arthritis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

UptoDate: "Treatment of psoriasis," "Patient education: Psoriasis (Beyond the Basics)."

Al-Mutairi, N. March 2016. Cutis,

Gisondi, P. May 2015. Global Dermatology,

Malhotra, A. December 2012. Evidence-Based Medicine,

Buysschaert, M. July 2014. British Journal of Dermatology,

Hogan, A. November 2011. Diabetologia,

Hwang, J. February 2014. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews,

van der Linden, M. 2009. Drug Safety,

Hengge, U. January 2006. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 31, 2019

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Psoriasis," "Psoriatic Arthritis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

UptoDate: "Treatment of psoriasis," "Patient education: Psoriasis (Beyond the Basics)."

Al-Mutairi, N. March 2016. Cutis,

Gisondi, P. May 2015. Global Dermatology,

Malhotra, A. December 2012. Evidence-Based Medicine,

Buysschaert, M. July 2014. British Journal of Dermatology,

Hogan, A. November 2011. Diabetologia,

Hwang, J. February 2014. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews,

van der Linden, M. 2009. Drug Safety,

Hengge, U. January 2006. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 31, 2019

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