Taking Care of Psoriasis During Pregnancy

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Charlotte Libov

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Expert Answers to Psoriasis Treatment FAQs

Dr. David Harvey, a dermatologist and surgeon, answers some common psoriasis questions.
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If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, you may be wondering whether your pregnancy can affect your psoriasis and whether treatments can affect your developing baby. Or, perhaps your partner has psoriasis. Are there special considerations as well?

Many women find that pregnancy makes their psoriasis better, but for others it gets worse. That’s the challenge of psoriasis—it’s unpredictable. Some research suggests that women with severe psoriasis have a higher chance than women without psoriasis or with mild psoriasis of having a baby with a low birth weight.

There are many treatment options for psoriasis, and they all come with risks and benefits. Ultimately, whether you treat with topical creams, light therapy, or medications, you and your doctor will decide the best treatment path together.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 13, 2016

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