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Psoriasis: HELP
Articles by Divya Shokeen
Based on 2 articles published since 2010
(Why 2 articles?)

Between 2010 and 2020, Divya Shokeen wrote the following 2 articles about Psoriasis.
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1 Review Are topical keratolytic agents needed in the treatment of scalp psoriasis? 2014

Shokeen, Divya / O'Neill, Jenna L / Taheri, Arash / Feldman, Scott R. ·Wake Forest School of Medicine. ·Dermatol Online J · Pubmed #24656276.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Topical corticosteroids are the primary treatment for scalp psoriasis. Keratolytic agents are promoted as adjunctive treatments. However, complex treatment regimens may result in poor adherence and outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the evidence for the need for use of topical keratolytic agents as opposed to topical corticosteroid monotherapy in the treatment of scalp psoriasis. METHODS: A review of the literature was performed seeking clinical trials using topical keratolytics, topical corticosteroids or the combination for treatment of scalp psoriasis. RESULTS: Complete clearance of scalp psoriasis can be achieved in 10-78% of patients using topical corticosteroids alone, in 3% of patients using topical keratolytics alone, and in up to 84% using a combination of topical keratolytics and topical steroids. Clinical trials comparing the combination of keratolytics and topical corticosteroids versus topical corticosteroids alone found marginally more efficacy using combination regimens. LIMITATIONS: We could not find any long term study evaluating the efficacy of combination therapy in scalp psoriasis and its effect on the patients' adherence. CONCLUSION: High potency topical corticosteroids are usually effective in treating scalp psoriasis in clinical trials. Poor efficacy in clinical practice may be owing to poor adherence to the treatment regimen. Using a keratolytic agent in conjunction with a topical corticosteroid may provide marginal additional benefit in clinical trials, but that benefit is likely outweighed by the downside of complicating treatment and reducing adherence in the clinical setting, unless a single product containing both medications were used.

2 Article Update on new drugs in dermatology. 2016

Shokeen, Divya. ·Department of Dermatology, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. ·Cutis · Pubmed #28040823.

ABSTRACT: Medications in dermatology are used in a variety of different methods and dosages and for numerous different diseases entities that are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, there are medications that have only recently hit the market that require our attention, as they are either FDA approved for the intended dermatologic use or could be effective in treating conditions that previously have been poorly managed.