Psoriasis Inside Perspective Campaign

Psoriasis Inside Perspective Campaign


Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to the program. I’m your host Neal Howard here on Health Professional
Radio, glad that you could join us. I’m going to be speaking today with TV host
and fashion journalist Louise Roe as shares her psoriasis story as part of the Inside
Perspective Campaign that’s brought to you by Celgene,
the makers of Otezla. And she’s joined today by Dr. Gary Goldenberg,
he’s assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Hospital in New York City. Welcome to the program both Louise and Gary,
how are you? Dr. Gary Goldenberg: Thanks for having us. Louise Roe: We’re great, thanks Neal. Neal: Great, glad you could join us today
and take the time. Talking about psoriasis, Dr. Goldenberg, what
is plaque psoriasis? Explain it to our listeners. Dr Goldenberg: Plaque psoriasis is the most
common type of psoriasis. It affects approximately 7 and a half million
people in U.S. alone and these patients usually suffer from red scaly plaques that are itchy
or painful or just simply irritating and it’s a little more common skin conditions that
we see in dermatology. Neal: Louise, your television host. How has psoriasis affected you and were the
symptoms that Gary was talking about, are those the same symptoms that you experienced? Louise: Yeah, they’re all the same symptoms. And with psoriasis, you always have it. It’s a genetic condition rather than something
that’s contagious and so it starts on the inside of the body. So I will have long periods where there’s
nothing showing up and then suddenly, I’ve got a flare up and I never know how long that’s
going to last or where it’s going to be so bring in the fashion industry and on TV, it
can be tricky because for example, I do a lot of red carpet reporting like the Oscars
or the Golden Globe which is really great and then you’ve got the dress of your dreams
and then suddenly, you’re going to have to cover up an area of your body. Really, it can be quite gives me anxiety and
I know a lot of other fellow psoriasis sufferers have the same lack in confidence or they suddenly
might cancel a social engagement or not feel like they’re able to perform a job to the
best of their ability because A: there’s a social stigma you’re trying to hide parts
of the body but B: it’s also very uncomfortable, it can be completely
debilitating with the flares ups. Neal: When you started experiencing symptoms,
were you young or did this happen as you were in your television career? Did you have time to adjust to some of the
things that you were just talking about? Louise: That’s a really good question. I was in my 20s, so I just got out of college
and I was running around London… I was super ambitious, having the time of
my life and I’ve got a great job at a women’s fashion magazine but the hours was extremely
long and I stressed out and I think I realized and that manifested itself physically. And no, I didn’t have any time to adjust and
I think that is what’s awful about psoriasis and can make it quite difficult and that’s
why we’re here today to sort of support, guidance and information and proper information. It was that I was suddenly with having to
deal with psoriasis and I did ignore it for a little while and I’ve since learned that
a lot of people do that. They kind of think it might go away on its
own and just like wish it away but that unfortunately, is not going to happen and so seeking medical
care and going to your dermatologist is the best thing you can do. Neal: Dr. Goldenberg, when someone does seek
that medical advice as Louise is talking about, what are some of the ways that folks with
plaque psoriasis can manage the disease? Dr Goldenberg: I talk to my patients about
what I call a holistic approach which includes things like diet, lifestyle modification and
then there’s a whole host of medications that are approved by the FDA and we start from
topical creams and lotions to tablets and pills such as Otezla … and a host of biologic
injections. And I think one of the most important things
for your listeners to realize is that majority of patients in the U.S. that have moderate
or severe psoriasis which is sort of the more severe types of psoriasis are either untreated
or undertreated. And I think that a lot of patients have lost
hope or don’t think that there’s anything out there that can work so I would encourage
them to see their dermatologist and formulate a treatment plan that’s right
for them and they can also go to psoperspective.com to get really good medical grade information
that’s correct and that’s been vetted. Neal: Louise as someone who’s in the public
eye on a daily basis as most of us are not, what
message do you have for those of us who are dealing with plaque psoriasis whether at home,
school or as yourself in the public eye? Louise: That you are not alone. Seven and a half million people in America
is a huge huge statistic and actually is possibly a lot lower than it actually is. And I think I just love people to know that
there are things they can do to feel supported and they can go to psoperspective.com to hear
more about my story also on my personal blog louiseroe.com I’ve written about this and
I’m answering questions and comments from my perspective and at the same time psoperspective.com
is giving real medical advice. Neal: Great. And Dr. Goldenberg, where can our listeners
go and learn more about the Icahn School of Medicine Department of Dermatology? Dr Goldenberg: Well they can certainly google
the Icahn School of Medicine and there’s a lot of information on the department there. But I think what’s really important for your
listeners, especially those who have psoriasis or know somebody that has psoriasis, for them
to seek help because there’s a lot of great treatment options available now. Neal: Well I thank you both, I appreciate
you so much for talking with me this morning Louise Roe and Dr. Gary Goldenberg. Thank you both for joining us on Health Professional
Radio. Louise: Thank you. Dr Goldenberg: Thank you Neal. Neal: You’ve been listening to
Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. Transcripts and audio of
the program are available at hpr.fm and healthprofessionalradio.com.au

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