Psoriasis Cure Now Releases New Podcast Discussing Remicade as a Psoriasis Treatment
Kensington, MD (PRWEB) October 5, 2006
“Psoriasis Cure Now,” a nonprofit patient advocacy group, has released the newest in its series of psoriasis podcasts, this one focused on Remicade (infliximab) for the treatment of psoriasis. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Centocor’s Remicade for the treatment of adults with severe psoriasis. The free podcast is available on the Psoriasis Cure Now website at http://www.psoriasis-cure-now.org/podcasts.php , or through iTunes.
The podcast includes a pair of interviews. Alan Menter, M.D., Chairman of the Division of Dermatology at Baylor University Medical Center and a renowned dermatologist, speaks about Remicade’s efficacy and safety profile. Dr. Menter was the lead investigator for Remicade’s U.S. psoriasis study. The podcast also includes an interview with Mike Hills, a Remicade patient from Virginia, who shares his experience with the treatment and walks us through an infusion from the patient perspective. Remicade is delivered via intravenous infusion in a medical setting, a procedure with which many patients are not yet familiar.
“Remicade is an important new treatment option for people with severe psoriasis, so we put together interviews with a top psoriasis expert and a man treating his psoriasis with Remicade to help people understand what Remicade is and whether it might be appropriate for them,” said Michael Paranzino, president of Psoriasis Cure Now. “That psoriasis patient waited a quarter century to clear his skin, and many psoriasis patients have been waiting even longer than that. People who are not satisfied with their current condition owe it to themselves to speak with their physician about all the new treatment options that have appeared in recent years.”
Remicade is also approved for several other diseases, including psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Previous Psoriasis Cure Now podcasts have covered topics including strategies for treating children with psoriasis, and the future of psoriasis treatments. The next one, to be released near the end of October, will be an introduction to psoriatic arthritis. They are all available free from the Psoriasis Cure Now website and via iTunes.
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What is Psoriasis
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Psoriasis General Information
Psoriasis is a skin condition, which is not contagious. The Psoriasis Plaque causes Psoriasis. Primary characteristics of the infection include scaly, reddish patches on the skin. Due to excessive production of skin, these areas become inflamed resulting in it.
Common places of occurrence of Psoriasis
Common body parts where it occurs include the knees and elbows. However, other areas such as genitals and the scalp can be affected by Psoriasis. Unlike eczema, in the case of Psoriasis, the condition occurs on extensor portion of a joint. The extent of Psoriasis occurrence can vary from specific spots to the entire body. In a specific case of Psoriasis called Psoriatic Nail Dystrophy the toenails and fingernails are commonly infected. This condition occurs in isolation to the rest of the body.
We understand that Psoriasis is life altering, that is why we are here to help you, and get your life back on track. It has the ability to affect the overall quality of life much like all the serious diseases. Just like depression, hypertension, myocardial infarction, heart failure or even the Diabetes Type II, Psoriasis too can affect an individual’s lifestyle. Pain and itching of the skin is common, which can alter the quality of life significantly. Basic functions of life like sleeping, self care and walking can be affected because of it. In addition, persons suffering from it suffer from lack of self esteem because of being self conscious. As per statistics conducted by National Psoriasis Foundation in 2008, 71% out of 426 Psoriasis sufferers felt the disease significantly affected daily life. As much as 63% reported feeling self-conscious and 58% felt embarrassed with their condition. Let US help YOU.
Psoriasis is a noncontagious common skin condition that causes rapid skin cell reproduction resulting in red, dry patches of thickened skin. The dry flakes and skin scales are thought to result from the rapid buildup of skin cells. Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp.
Some people have such mild psoriasis (small, faint dry skin patches) that they may not even suspect that they have a medical skin condition. Others have very severe psoriasis where virtually their entire body is fully covered with thick, red, scaly skin.
Psoriasis is considered a non-curable, long-term (chronic) skin condition. It has a variable course, periodically improving and worsening. Sometimes psoriasis may clear for years and stay in remission. Some people have worsening of their symptoms in the colder winter months. Many people report improvement in warmer months, climates, or with increased sunlight exposure.
Psoriasis is seen worldwide, in all races, and both sexes. Although psoriasis can be seen in people of any age, from babies to seniors, most commonly patients are first diagnosed in their early adult years.
Patients with more severe psoriasis may have social embarrassment, jobstress, emotional distress, and other personal issues because of the appearance of their skin.
What causes psoriasis?
The exact cause remains unknown. There may be a combination of factors, including genetic predisposition and environmental factors. It is common for psoriasis to be found in members of the same family. The immune system is thought to play a major role. Despite research over the past 30 years looking at many triggers, the “master switch” that turns on psoriasis is still a mystery.
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The scaly patches caused by psoriasis, known as psoriatic plaques, are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production at which skin rapidly accumulates. Psoriasis plaques usually occur on the skin of our elbows and knees, but can affect any area like the scalp and genitals. Psoriasis is a chronic recurring illness which varies in severity from hardly noticeable localized patches to overall body coverage. Fingernails and toenails are generally affected.
What does psoriasis look like? What are the symptoms?
Psoriasis typically looks like red or pink areas of thickened, raised, and dry skin. It classically affects areas over the elbows, knees, and scalp. Essentially any body area may be involved. It tends to be more common in areas of trauma, repeat rubbing, use, or abrasions.
Psoriasis has many different appearances. It may be small flattened bumps, large thick plaques of raised skin, red patches, and pink mildly dry skin to big flakes of dry skin that flake off.
There are several different types of psoriasis including psoriasis vulgaris (common type), guttate psoriasis (small, drop like spots), inverse psoriasis (in the folds like of the underarms, navel, and buttocks), and pustular psoriasis (liquid-filled yellowish small blisters). Additionally, a separate entity affecting primarily the palms and the soles is known as palmoplantar psoriasis.
Sometimes pulling of one of these small dry white flakes of skin causes a tiny blood spot on the skin. This is medically referred to as a special diagnostic sign in psoriasis called the Auspitz sign.
Genital lesions, especially on the head of the penis, are common. Psoriasis in moist areas like the navel or area between the buttocks (intergluteal folds) may look like flat red patches. These atypical appearances may be confused with other skin conditions like fungal infections, yeast infections, skin irritation, or bacterial Staph infections.
On the nails, it can look like very small pits (pinpoint depressions or white spots on the nail) or as larger yellowish-brown separations of the nail bed called “oil spots.” Nail psoriasis may be confused with and incorrectly diagnosed as a fungal nail infection.
On the scalp, it may look like severe dandruff with dry flakes and red areas of skin. It may be difficult to tell the difference between scalp psoriasis and seborrhea (dandruff). However, the treatment is often very similar for both conditions.
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Diagnosis of Psoriasis
There is no recommended blood test or specific procedure to diagnose Psoriasis. Often, scraping or performing a skin biopsy maybe needed to eliminate any other skin disease other than Psoriasis. Often, results of a skin biopsy will reveal pegs which resemble clubbed. If this is found, then it indicates Psoriasis. If plaques appear scraped the pinpoint will be bleeding. This is another typical diagnosis sign of Psoriasis.
It can be difficult for the doctor to diagnose psoriasis in the early stages, when the disease may be limited to rough patches on the elbows. Certain symptoms, such as a dandruff-like scalp condition or what looks like a fungal infection, may be hard to recognize as psoriasis. Nail pits may be a sign of early psoriasis, but they may also be a sign of other conditions. The diagnosis is straightforward if the doctor examines the skin and sees thick, red, flaky patches-the plaques characteristic of psoriasis.
Common places of occurrence where psoriasis occurs in the body
Common body parts where Psoriasis occurs include the knees and elbows. However, other areas such as genitals and the scalp can be affected by Psoriasis. Unlike eczema, in the case of Psoriasis, the condition occurs on extensor portion of a joint. The extent of Psoriasis occurrence can vary from specific spots to the entire body. In a specific case of Psoriasis called Psoriatic Nail Dystrophy the toenails and fingernails are commonly infected. This condition occurs in isolation to the rest of the body.
We understand that Psoriasis is life altering, that is why we are here to help you, and get your life back on track. Psoriasis has the ability to affect the overall quality of life much like all the serious diseases. Just like depression,hypertension,myocardial infarction, heart failure or even the Diabetes Type II, Psoriasis too can affect an individual’s lifestyle. Pain and itching of the skin is common, which can alter the quality of life significantly. Basic functions of life like sleeping, self care and walking can be affected because of Psoriasis. In addition, persons suffering from Psoriasis suffer from lack of self esteem because of being self conscious. As per statistics conducted by National Psoriasis Foundation in 2008, 71% out of 426 Psoriasis sufferers felt the disease significantly affected daily life. As much as 63% reported feeling self-conscious and 58% felt embarrassed with their condition. Let US help YOU.
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Fast-acting Psoriasil is easy to use: just apply it twice a day and feel the itch go away. With continuous use you will have noticeably clearer skin with less redness and irritation within the first couple of weeks.
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Although anti-inflammatory solutions could relieve symptoms of the disease they do not solve the underlying cause and may not be the right option for cure. There can be serious variation between individuals in the effectiveness of specific psoriasis treatments and, thanks to this, dermatologists sometimes use a trial-and-error approach to finding the most appropriate treatment for their patient. It has long been proven that frequent, short, non-burning exposure to sunlight is known to slow down or improve psoriasis. Psoriasis is frequently a lifelong problem; there is currently no cure but various treatments can help to alleviate the symptoms that affect the sufferer. Psoriasis can get worse over time but it is not possible to predict those that will go on to develop serious psoriasis or those in whom the disease may appear to recede.