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New Recommendations Released for Treating Psoriasis in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

Posted: November 29, 2011

The National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board has released new recommendations for the treatment of psoriasis in pregnant and lactating women.

The recommendations call for topical treatment as the first-line therapy for psoriasis—a chronic, genetic disease of the immune system that appears on the skin, causing it to crack, itch and bleed. Specifically, the medical board recommends that moisturizers and emollients, such as petroleum jelly, be used initially as there are no known adverse effects to these products. View the information at

Additionally, the Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board suggests that:

“Treating psoriasis in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding presents special challenges due the side effects of certain medications and the ethical concerns of placing this patient population in clinical trials,” said Mark Lebwohl, MD, chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board. “It’s important for women to work with their doctor to determine what treatment is appropriate for them during pregnancy and to consider the precautions for each.”

Psoriasis can be unpredictable in pregnancy. Some women see an improvement in the severity of their psoriasis during pregnancy, while others report their psoriasis gets worse. Changes in severity of psoriasis vary by individual and from pregnancy to pregnancy.