Here in the U.S. it’s estimated two out of every one hundred people have Psoriasis. There is no cure for the skin disorder. But there have been plenty of medical advancements over the years that can make Psoriasis more manageable. And there could be another treatment down the road with your help.
For the last 31 years Shari Lambert says she's battled with Psoriasis.
She has it started on her stomach, now you can find it all over her body-her legs, her arms, her scalp. She says she's tried everything.
But what is most discouraging she says is people's reaction to it.
”You know they think it’s contagious for years I wore long sleeves. I mean 100 degrees outside, turtleneck to cover it all up,” says Shari.
“Unbelievably common--and it couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, we've had to write letters to sports facilities saying these patients can go in the pool,” says dermatologist Dr. Cindy Lamerson when told about Shari’s difficulties.
Psoriasis looks like scaly patches on the skin. It happens when the skin grows too rapidly. Normally it takes about 30-days, with Psoriasis the skin is replaced every three to four days. While there is no cure there are treatments that may involve topical creams.
But a new study is looking at an experimental injection to see if it can keep psoriasis at bay for some patients.
“They are working on a number of different molecules, but in this specific study, they are working on an anti-inflammatory molecule that's an injectable,” says Dr. Lamerson.
In order to qualify for the study, you must be between 18 and 70 in general good health, and not have taken injectable or I.V. Psoriasis medications.
You will receive 16 shots over the course of 6 months.
For more information call Nevada Center for Dermatology at 775-827-8100 Ext. 15