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Extreme Inflammatory Skin Conditions: Understanding Erythrodermic Psoriasis

Published on February 3, 2009

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Erythrodermic Psoriasis (EP) is a rare but serious skin condition causing the skin surface to shed severely. On this episode of Patient Power, renowned expert Dr. Abby S. Van Voorhees and two EP patients join the program to focus on extreme skin inflammatory conditions and what’s being done to help patients manage the symptoms. Dr. Van Voorhees is Assistant Professor and Director of the Psoriasis and Phototherapy Treatment Center of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

The program begins with patient stories. You first hear from Vina – she is currently being treated for erythrodermic psoriasis. She first developed plaque psoriasis as a teen. Her skin was scaly, and then she began to have symptoms of EP which caused redness, swelling and her body temperature to rise. Vina has even been hospitalized because of the condition. Next you’ll hear Jeff’s story. Jeff is National Psoriasis Foundation volunteer of the year for 2008. He speaks about how a new treatment he was trying for plaque psoriasis triggered an erythrodermic flare. Both patients share their perspective on living with EP and what their treatment journey has been like.

Dr. Van Voorhees helps us to understand the symptoms, diagnosis, complications, and causes of erythrodermic psoriasis. She provides information on the treatment options available and how best to manage EP. Dr. Van Voorhees goes on to answer a variety of listener questions. Listen now to learn more about this very serious condition.

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Transcript

Andrew Schorr:

Many people are aware of psoriasis, but few people understand erythrodermic psoriasis, one of the serious subtypes. We will help you understand it as we do on Patient Power coming up next.

Hello, and thank you for joining us for this live webcast Patient Power. I’m Andrew Schorr broadcasting from Seattle. Thanks to the National Psoriasis Foundation for helping us today and connecting us with two patients you are about to meet, and also you’ll be meeting a leading dermatology expert and psoriasis expert in a minute from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

So let’s talk about psoriasis. Now you watch and there are a number of medications to help with it in their advertisements on TV, and that’s great that the field is moving on. People can get help. Typically the type of psoriasis that is being treated is plaque psoriasis, but there are subtypes, and one subtype that is concerning, people often need hospitalization for it, is called erythrodermic psoriasis or EP. We’re going to discuss that today, take your questions, and help you understand it. If you are living with psoriasis, plaque psoriasis, can this develop? The answer is yes. What do you do about it? We’re going to find out.

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