Psoriasis Clinical Research
Did you know that we are conducting a clinical trial for psoriasis? This is a common medical condition and yet there is still no comprehensive cure available for people living with psoriasis. Clinical trials can serve as a viable alternative for people who’ve not found any success with the more traditional treatments available.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that leads to a rapid growth of skin cells. This creates patches of skin that can range in their overall appearance and texture. The skin patches tend to be thick, white, silvery or red.
Psoriasis Fast Facts
- Psoriasis is a genetic skin disease associated with the immune system
- Psoriasis is not contagious
- The disease affects as many as 7.5 million people in the U.S.
- No one knows exactly what causes psoriasis, but it has a genetic component
In people that don’t have psoriasis, their skin cells grow slowly and then flake off every 4 weeks or so. Then fresh skin cells grow in to replace these outer layers as the older skin cells are shed.
Psoriasis causes these new skin cells to grow so rapidly, they move to the surface of the patient’s skin in just a few days. These new skin cells begin to build up and produce thicker patches known as plaques. The size of the plaques range from patient to patient. Studies have shown that the symptoms of psoriasis commonly appear on the:
- Lower back
Psoriasis can develop in children and adolescents, but it is most common among adults.
This medical condition tends to make patients very self conscious— to the point where they may feel it is necessary to swimming or other public situations where they might have to show their skin patches. Fortunately, there are a variety of therapies which can be used to manage psoriasis symptoms.
Medical researchers theorize that psoriasis originates from an immune response which attacks healthy tissues in the patient’s body. The overreacting immune system causes skin flaking and inflammation. Research has shown that there is a genetic factor to this medical condition– it can run in families.
People who have been diagnosed with psoriasis often experience flare ups (similar to other autoimmune diseases) where their skin becomes significantly worse. Specialists say that any of the following could cause one of these flare-ups:
- Abnormally dry skin
- Fluctuations in temperature
- Certain forms of medications
Cases of psoriasis can be classified as mild, moderate or severe:
- Psoriasis patients that have plaques on less than three percent of their body are categorized as having a mild case.
- Plaques on three to 10 percent of the body are categorized as having a moderate case.
- If symptoms cover more than 10 percent, then this is considered to be a severe case of psoriasis.
(The skin covering the hand equals about one percent of the body)
Just about 80 percent of psoriasis patients are diagnosed with a mild case, with only 20 percent of patients developing more serious symptoms. Doctors make use of these categories when deciding which course of treatment would be the most appropriate for their patient.
Specialists can also determine the severity of a person’s disease by how much it impacts their overall quality of life. A person’s ability to complete their daily routine may be impacted significantly even if their psoriasis only covers a small area– like the soles of their feet and palms of the hands.
What Are the Most Common Types of Psoriasis?
Psoriasis Clinical Trials in DeLand, FL
The psoriasis clinical trials taking place in Florida are testing new treatment methods, which are being developed by pharmaceutical and bio-technical companies. They are designed specifically to test the safety and efficacy of treatments for humans. By volunteering for our fully supervised Florida psoriasis clinical study, you may receive new investigational treatments that may help us all understand your condition.
The type of study being performed by Avail Clinical Research directly impacts the level of involvement required. Sometimes, participating in a psoriasis clinical trial in Florida is as simple as agreeing to let our researchers have a copy of your test results, but most are more involved and would require some tests and a visit to our clinic. Participants are compensated for time and travel, and the study related care, including physical examinations, laboratory services and study medicines are all provided.
Additional Resources for Psoriasis Patients
- National Psoriasis Foundation
- American Academy of Dermatology
- MedlinePlus – National Institute of Health
- American College of Rheumatology
If you live near Central Florida, click here to learn more about participating in a psoriasis clinical trial. Also, our sister site Achieve Clinical Research conducts psoriasis clinical trials in Birmingham, Alabama.