Psoriasis Treatment & Clinical Trials for Psoriasis in South Florida
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition that causes skin cells to grow faster than usual, leading to the accumulation of dead skin cells on the outer layer of your skin. The excess skin cells cause flaky, and sometimes itchy, red patches to appear on your skin. There are various types of psoriasis, including:
- Plaque psoriasis
- Guttate psoriasis
- Scalp psoriasis
- Inverse psoriasis
- Nail psoriasis
- Pustular psoriasis
- Erythrodermic psoriasis
What causes psoriasis?
The cause of psoriasis is not yet fully understood. However, it is believed to be caused by a glitch in the immune system. Under normal circumstances, T cells (a type of white blood cell within your immune system) can help fight off harmful invaders. With psoriasis, T cells may mistakenly attack your healthy skin cells. T cells may also be one of the reasons why new skin cells grow and produce at a higher than normal rate.
You may be at a higher risk of developing psoriasis if you:
- Have a parent who has psoriasis
- Have a viral or bacterial infection
- Are under high levels of stress
- Are overweight
- Are a smoker
Psoriasis symptoms may also develop or intensify with certain triggers, such as:
- Certain infections
- Injuries to the skin, including minor cuts or scrapes, sunburns, or bug bites
- High consumption of alcohol
- Lack of vitamin D
- Certain medications
What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
Psoriasis symptoms can affect any part of your body from your head down to your feet, but symptoms most commonly occur on the lower back, elbows, knees, and scalp. Symptoms vary from person to person, but in general, the symptoms of psoriasis include:
- Red, flaky patches of skin
- Dry skin that may or may not bleed
- Affected areas that feel itchy, hot, or sore
- Eroded nails
- Thickened nails
- Swollen and stiff joints
How is psoriasis diagnosed?
To make a diagnosis, your doctor will examine your skin for symptoms of psoriasis. Your doctor may also ask you to describe any symptoms that you have been experiencing. Additional testing, such as a skin biopsy, may be needed to ensure that there are no other underlying conditions that may be causing your symptoms.
Can psoriasis lead to complications if left untreated?
Left untreated, psoriasis may put you at a higher risk for developing other diseases, such as:
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Certain eye conditions
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Other autoimmune diseases
- Kidney disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Parkinson’s disease
What psoriasis treatment options are available?
While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are certain treatment options that can help alleviate your symptoms. Treatment options for psoriasis may include:
- Certain topical treatments
- Skin moisturizers or creams
- Exposing the skin to natural or artificial UV light
- Certain oral medications
- Certain injectable medications
- Certain diets, supplements, or herbs
- Daily bathing to help remove the excess skin
- Avoiding psoriasis triggers
For some patients, a clinical trial for psoriasis may be another treatment option to consider if other therapies fail to produce successful results.
If you have been unsuccessful in finding the right treatment option for psoriasis, are seeking affordable psoriasis treatment options, or are looking for paid compensation, sign up for a future clinical trial today. With over 25 years of experience in the execution of dermatological clinical trials — under the guidance of double board-certified dermatologist and Skin Care Research founder, Dr. Marta I. Rendon — our team is highly trained and committed to ensuring that all clinical guidelines are met and that the rights of every patient are always protected. Call 561-948-3116 or fill out the form on this page to learn more about our clinical trial options.