How To Learn More About Psoriasis

How To Learn More About Psoriasis


THE ELBOWS, THE SCALP, KNEES. SO MANY PEOPLE MISTAKE IT FOR DANDRUFF. IT’S NOT REALLY DANDRUFF BUT PSORIASIS.>>AND SPEAKING OF PICKING IT IT FOR OTHER THINGS. IT SHOWS UP OFTEN IN DIFFERENT WAYS. WHAT TYPES OF PSORIASIS ARE THERE?>>WELL, THERE’S FIVE TYPES, THE MOST COMMON BEING JUST PLAQUE PSORIASIS WHICH AFFECTS 80 TO 90 % OF PATIENTS. THIS IS LARGE PLAQUES THAT INVOLVE THESE AREAS THAT ARE PRETTY CHARACTERISTIC, LIKE THE KNEES, ELBOWS, KIND OF TRAUMA POINTS. IT CAN COME IN OTHER FASHIONS, WHERE THERE’S SMALLER AREAS. IT CAN BE LITTLE BLISTERS. SO SOMETIMES IT’S DIFFICULT TO MAKE THE DIAGNOSIS BUT MOST DERMATOLOGIST COULD MAKE IT WITHOUT TOO MUCH TROUBLE.>>AND EVAN, YOU HAVE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH THE CONDITION. TELL US HOW IT’S AFFECTED YOU.>>>WITH, IT ACTUALLY STARTED OUT BACK WHEN I WAS ABOUT 13 YEARS OLD. SO THROUGH MY TEEN YEARS, I HAD A LOT OF RED, SPLOTCHY AND SCALY SKIN. IT’S VERY UNCOMFORTABLE TO LET MY SKIN SHOW. SO I PRETTY MUCH WORE LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS AND LONG PANTS EVERY SINGLELE DAY FOR OF THE LAST 20 SOME ODD YEARS UNTIL SOME OF THE NEW MEDICINES CAME OUT. ALL THAT WAS REALLY AVAILABLE WAS CREAMS AND STEROID OINTMENTS AND WHAT NOT.>>THAT MUST HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFICULT FOR YOU. DOCTOR, SPEAKING OF MODERN TREATMENTS, WHAT IS OUT THERE RIGHT KNOW THAT CAN HELP PEOPLE AFFECTED BY PSORIASIS?>>THE TREATMENTS WE HAVE NOW IN ADDITION TO THE TOPICAL STEROIDS AND LIGHT THERAPY WHICH HAS BEEN THE STAND-BYS, WE NOW HAVE A NEW CLASS OF MEDICINE CALLED BIOLOGICS. WHICH SALIQUE IS. YOU GIVE IT WILL TO YOURSELF LIKE AN INSULIN SHOT AND THESE MEDICINES TARGET THE INFLAMMATORY PROTEINS THAT ARE CAUSING THE SKIN CONDITION AND CAUSING GET PSORIASIS AND CAUSING SOME OF THE DAMAGE. AND BY EITHER BLOCKING THEM OR THEIR RECEPTOR, THEY’RE ABLE TO KIND OF PUT THE DISEASE BACK IN REMISSION AND MAKE THE PATIENT CLEARER.>>VERY INTERESTING. SO SOUNDS LIKE YOU’RE HAVING SOME GOOD RESULTS FOR THAT TREATMENT. PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS CURIOUS WITH THE NEW TREATMENT WHAT THE SIGHT EFFECTS MAY BE. DO YOU CARE TO COMMENT ON THAT?>>YEAH. ALL MEDICINES HAVE SIDE EFFECTS, AND YOU KNOW, IF YOU WATCH ONE OF THESE TV COMMERCIALS, THEY HAVE TO LIST ALL OF THEM AND SOME CAN BECOME SCARY MOST OF THE SIDE EFFECTS WE SEE WITH THIS MEDICINE — I KNOW, IT’S LIKE, PEOPLE WHO DON’T DIE DO DESPERATE. IT’S ONE OF THESE THINGS THAT YOU WOULD — LESS THAN 1% OF PEOPLE WE HAVE THAT NOTICE ANY SIDE EFFECTS, AND SOMETIMES THEY’RE MOST LIKELY UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS AND MAYBE SOME SKIN INFECTIONS THAT SHOW UP. BUT USUALLY VERY MANAGEABLE AND MOST OF MY PATIENTS DO VERY WELL ON THESE NEW MEDICINES.>>DR. MAL HONEY EVANS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING FROM HOUSTON.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.>>TAKE CARE OF AUGUST IS PSORIASIS ACTION MONTH, FOLKS. FOR MORE INFORMING ON THE TREATMENT, VISIT THE WEB SITE RIGHT THERE ON YOUR SCREEN. WE WILL ALSO HAVE THIS INTERVIEW

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