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Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects approximately 7.5 million Americans. It occurs when skin cells that begin growing deep in the skin rise to the surface in a matter of days rather than in about month, as is typical. Psoriasis can cause swelling and patches of thick, red skin covered by silvery scales, as well as dry skin that is prone to cracking, pitted fingernails, and burning, itchy skin. In severe cases, pus-filled blisters could form on red patches of skin. Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, but it usually appears on the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet. Some people may have psoriasis on their fingernails, toenails, genitals, or inside the mouth.
Approximately 33 percent of psoriasis cases are inherited. Sometimes the condition may worsen when triggered by infection, stress, injury, smoking, cold weather, heavy alcohol consumption or certain medications. There are several types of psoriasis, but the most common is plaque psoriasis.
If you or a loved one has plaque psoriasis, you have the opportunity to be considered for participation in a clincial study in the Coachella Valley for a new oral medication that may help better manage your condition. Beginning in September, this study is a Phase III study – the final step before FDA approval. Study participants receive free medical care for their psoriasis study visits and a small stpidend for their time and transportation. There also is an ongoing plaque psoriasis registry study that tracks the standard of care for psoriasis patients who are interested in participaing in this and qualify.
For more information, contact Dr. Timothy Jochen, board certified dermatologist and founder of Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center, at (760) 423-4000 or visit www.contourderm.com. Dr. Jochen is an expert in hair restoration surgery. He also is an Associate Professor at USC. He was voted a Top Doctor by his peers in 2018 and voted a Best of the Valley Best Surgeon and Best Physician in 2018 by Desert Sun readers.
Last modified: August 17, 2018