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    Love the Skin You’re In: Ways to Combat Psoriasis

    Clay Davis, MD Deaconess Clinic Dermatology 11/27/2018
    Psoriasis isn’t just an annoying skin condition – it can be a lifelong issue that requires constant management, supervision and treatment.  Psoriasis sufferers experience an accelerated skin cell cycle resulting in scaly patches that are typically dry, itchy and painful.  Psoriasis can affect the nails, scalp and areas with sensitive skin like the underarms.  The most common form of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis.  Skin lesions (called plaques) can form anywhere on the body.  In severe cases, patient lifespan may be decreased by as many as five years.   

    The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but the current theory is that it’s related to an immune system dysfunction.  Continued medical advances and treatment options have substantially improved the outlook for psoriasis sufferers. 

    Many individuals suffering from moderate to severe psoriasis now have a number of new and effective injectable treatment options called biologics.  However, these immunological therapies can come with increased risks of side effects, preventing many patients with severe disease to be under-treated or left searching for other options.

    The good news is more effective options may be on the horizon. Researchers are currently working on new oral medications for psoriasis sufferers that may prove just as effective as injectable treatments without the increased risks of side effects.   

    Talk to your physician about which treatment options are best suited for you, and ask about possible clinical trials in your area.   

    To learn about clinical trials for psoriasis call 877-654-0311.

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    J. Clay Davis, MD
    Specialty: Dermatology
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