According to a New England Journal of Medicine study, Psoriasis patients who suffer from inflammatory conditions and had COVID-19 don’t have a higher chance of worsening their clinical picture than those who don’t have Psoriasis.
But, there are some things that should be taken into account that are:
- Psoriasis patients who are doing treatment with IL-17 inhibitors are more susceptible to respiratory infections.
- There is a higher chance of heart disease in Psoriasis patients, thus increasing the risk for COVID-19 complications.
- COVID-19 measures imply a frequent routine of sanitizing hands and other contacting points of the body, increasing the chance for skin flares.
If a Psoriasis patient cannot follow the sanitizing instructions as requested by the WHO (World Health Organization), it might become an active vessel to the virus propagation.
When a person becomes infected with COVID-19 it becomes contagious from 48 to 72 hours before any symptoms start to develop.
What can Psoriasis patients do when they are unable to sanitize their hands so often then?
- Follow instructions recommended by the CDC and government entities regarding social distancing.
- Wear a mask and appropriate gloves when in public places.
- If in need of urgent medicine ask someone that can get it for you, or order through any home delivery service.
- Prioritize the use of soap over alcohol-based sanitizers.
- After the wash, rinse very well.
- Keep moisturizing your skin after wash as usual, but keep an eye for any skin dehydration, double the dose if needed.
- Contact your dermatologist for more information.
According to the AAD (the American Academy of Dermatology) in case of a positive test for COVID-19 you should stop the medication to a halt until you recover from the virus.
It is important to maintain doctor’s supervision in this particular scenario.
If you are infected, don’t leave your home, use video-call appointments with your doctor, and always follow your local procedures for COVID-19 positive patients.
If you are a Psoriasis patient, you may feel like fighting two wars simultaneously with Psoriasis and COVID-19 conditions, but hold your ground.
With the vaccine on the way, and more knowledge about the virus each passing day, things will get better very soon.
Be responsible and take care, everything will be alright!
"Covid-19 in Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases — Case Series from New York" Last Updated July 2020 - https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2009567 "GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE AGENTS" - https://www.aad.org/member/practice/coronavirus/clinical-guidance/biologics