Archive for Psoriasis

Research for Children with Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects 3% of the world’s population

– men, women, children and even newborn babies. Psoriasis causes unsightly, uncomfortable red plaques and patches on the skin which scale, and sometimes even crack and bleed. Although psoriasis appears most commonly in teens and young adults, psoriasis does occur in younger children, and they are a real challenge to treat.iStock_000019112636Medium

We can’t use some of the stronger drugs we use in adult psoriasis in children. Right now, we are doing two research studies for children with psoriasis. The first is for adolescents (11-17 years) with psoriasis, and this is with a very good topical medication already on the market. We already know it works well, and the study is to show the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it is safe in adolescents.

The second is for even younger children with psoriasis (down to 2 years) with a new topical medication that does not contain cortisone. This medication is not even on the market yet.

Neither of our psoriasis studies have a placebo group, so everyone is on active medication for their psoriasis. Both are 6 month studies.

If you, or a friend or relative has psoriasis and are between the ages of 2 and 17, please call our research hotline at 813-974-2923.

Adolescent psoriasis research

Adolescent psoriasis research

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Skin Problems? USF Health Dermatology Research

Skin Problems? Psoriasis? Actinic Keratosis? USF Health Dermatologists, Dr. Christopher Nelson and Dr. Nishit Patel are conducting Dermatology Research.  Call 813-974-2923 for more dermatology research information.  We are currently enrolling research candidates for the following studies.

Do you have adolescent psoriasis?

Do you have adolescent psoriasis?

Do you have AK's?

Do you have AK’s?

USF Health Dermatologist

USF Health Dermatologist, Christopher Nelson, MD

USF Health Dermatologist, Nishit Patel, MD

USF Health Dermatologist,
Nishit Patel, MD

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Treatment Options for Psoriasis

Living with psoriasis can be difficult and uncomfortable.  There are many treatment options available including topical steroid creams, oral medications, and light therapy treatments.  All of these treatments work well but have various side effects.  There is another option for treating psoriasis: the eximer laser.

This treatment delivers 308-nm ultraviolet light to localized affected skin to help control mild to moderate psoriasis without harming the surrounding healthy skin.  This targeted laser treatment is similar to traditional light therapy treatments but works in fewer sessions and is good for hard-to-treat areas such as the scalp, elbows, hands, knees, and feet. This high-dose therapy can effectively treat stubborn plaques, even those that have not responded to other treatments modalities.  Patients typically undergo 2-3 treatments a week with 48 hours in between treatments.  Noticeable improvement may be seen in as few as 6-10 treatments depending on the severity of the affected skin.

Advantages to this laser treatment include short and painless treatments, extended remission, favorable insurance coverage, and no creams or lotions are required.  Although side effects are minimal, they can include itching, hyperpigmentation, burning and blistering at the treated locations. Due to the targeted nature of this treatment, only affected skin is treated. This may reduce the risk of premature aging that is seen with traditional phototherapy. The lack of systemic side effects caused from oral medications and lack of skin thinning, bruising, and stretch marks from topical steroids makes this a more favorable treatment option for patients with psoriasis.

There are many options available when it comes to treating psoriasis.  Laser treatments can be very effective but may not be appropriate for everyone with psoriasis. You should discuss this option with your dermatologist to see if it’s right for you.

by:Robin Moran, Dermatology PA-C, USF Health Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery.

Eximer Laser for Treating Psoriasis

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Photo Light Therapy

PUVA and Narrow Band Photo Light Therapy are used for the treatment of various skin diseases and disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, itching and hard to treat atopic dermatitis. The benefits to photo light therapy is the improvement of existing lesions, reduction of new lesions, and in some cases a near total clearing of the disease process. USF Health Dermatology is proud to be one of the few to have this technology in the Tampa area.

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