Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes raised, red patches of inflamed skin covered in silvery white scales. These patches, or plaques, can occur anywhere on the body. However, they occur most often on the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back. As with other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis may significantly impact your day-to-day life, including work, relationships, what you wear, and how you sleep.
IVX Health provides providers and patients with new information about their condition, how to prepare for their first infusion, tips from others in their community and more.
Five Activities You Can Do During Your Next Long Infusion Treatment
Getting an IV infusion treatment can often take a long time. For some biologic therapies such as Remicade or Fabrazyme, a single dose can take two to three hours. Other therapies such as Rituxan or Lemtrada may take even longer for each dose.
5 Best Activities for Chronic Illness Patients and their Families
News of a chronic illness diagnosis can be discouraging to patients and their families as routines and family dynamics adapt to accommodate the new normal. However, accessing the right resources can help alleviate this challenge for families, caregivers, and patients. Most importantly, finding the right activities to indulge in will boost the family’s morale and help patients cope with flare-ups.
The Best Exercise Options for Rheumatoid Arthritis
When you live with RA, you may not feel like walking or stretching – but finding the right balance between rest and exercise can help your mobility and even your mood. Before you start exercising, talk to your doctor about light, gentle exercises that will not stress your joints and are safe for people with RA.
You Were Just Diagnosed with a Chronic Illness… Now What?
Chronic illnesses (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, etc.) and autoimmune diseases (Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, etc.) are something we’ve all heard about. But how equipped are we to deal with them should they come knocking at our front door?
How to Manage Your Next Lupus Flare-Up
Five Fun Fourth of July Recipes for People with IBD
Having an irritable bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the Fourth of July food festivities. Here are five fun and festive recipes to try during your Independence Day celebrations.
How to Prepare for a Gastroenterologist Visit Amidst a Potential Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis
After visiting with your primary care physician to discuss your ongoing digestive and bowel issues, you’ve now been referred to a gastroenterologist (GI) who specializes in treating chronic forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). You fear you may receive a diagnosis of a condition like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The range of treatments for those with IBD can vary, from alterations in diet to the prescription of a biologic infusion therapy such as Remicade, Entyvio, Tysabri, or other medication.
Preparing for Your First Remicade (or Infliximab Biosimilar) Infusion
Starting a new medication of any kind – especially an ongoing biologic infusion – often brings fear and anxiety with its prescription. What should you do to prepare? What should you expect? What happens afterwards? Whether you’re new to Remicade (infliximab) infusions or have been receiving Remicade (or an infliximab biosimilar such as Avsola, Inflectra, or Renflexis) infusions for years, we’ve provided tips to making infusion day at IVX Health just a bit more manageable.
How to Manage Severe Asthma with Spring Allergies
There are three forms of asthma; exercise-induced asthma, chemical and dust exposure asthma, and allergic asthma (aka allergy-induced asthma). According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), in excess of 25 million people in the United States have asthma. Of these more than 25 million people, approximately 60% have allergic asthma. During different seasons, asthma may flare due to the changes in the environment. For many, spring particularly can cause an increase in asthma flare-ups.