This health video focuses on the advancements available in the treatment of Psoriasis.
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Jennifer Mathew: This is psoriasis. It can range from a mild rash to severe, thick and scaly skin, a simple touch can be painful. Robin Travers: People can be actually debilitated from psoriasis and find it difficult to function in the workplace. Jennifer Mathew: Dermatologist Robin Travers says new treatments can make a world of difference. Robin Travers: We all know that patients with psoriasis improve when they go out into the sun and we have determined that it's not all sunlights that improve psoriasis. It's particularly the ultraviolet rays. Jennifer Mathew: An Excimer laser delivers ultraviolet radiations to affected areas. About 75% to 80% of patients have control of their psoriasis after ten treatments. Robin Travers: Their psoriasis is significantly less itchy, it's less thick, it's less red and it's less bothersome to them. Jennifer Mathew: The drug etanercept is another treatment showing success. It locks the molecule in the body that triggers the psoriasis outbreak. Robin Travers: If we can block that very specific molecule, the thinking was can we block that entire response and in fact after tests we've found that we're able to. Jennifer Mathew: 75% of Patients had a 75% Reduction in the severity of their condition. Robin Travers: There are so many new treatment options available that we can just let people know about that. I think a lot of people will be surprised at how well they can keep their psoriasis under control. Jennifer Mathew: This is Jennifer Mathew who's reporting.