07 Jan Do You Qualify for a Hives or Psoriasis Clinical Trial?
Spectrum Dermatology is proud to host clinical trials so that patients like you can be the first to undergo the latest treatments while often being compensated for your time. Currently, we are recruiting for two clinical trials: urticaria (hives) and psoriasis. Both conditions can be irritating, embarrassing, and get in the way of activities you love.
What Is Urticaria
Urticaria, better known as hives or welts, presents as itchy, raised rashes on the skin. It might be in just one area of the body, or it could spread throughout the body. The exact size of hives can range drastically from person to person, and there are three types of urticaria. Acute urticaria is the most common type, and it clears completely within six weeks, but that timeframe may be shortened with the right treatment.
Chronic urticaria isn’t as common, and it’s a type of hive that either stays for more than six weeks or comes and goes—sometimes for several years. Rarest of all is urticaria vasculitis, which causes the blood vessels to inflame. When this occurs, the hives last over 24 hours and are painful enough to leave bruises.
There are many causes of hives, including environmental factors. Most people will develop some sort of rash in their lifetime, and it’s important to immediately seek medical attention if the hives are severe, getting in the way of daily activities, causing you distress, or they are accompanied by additional symptoms.
Anyone of any age can get hives, and it’s estimated that 20 percent of people will experience acute urticaria in their lifetime. Children and women between 30 – 60 are the most common victims of this type of hive, as are those with allergies. Hives appear when a lot of histamine is released in the body. Histamine makes blood vessels open wider, which is why a red hue appears, and also causes additional fluid in the tissue, which leads to swelling and itching.
Histamine might be released when the patient comes in contact with certain allergens (such as a certain food or insect bite), cold or heat, some medications, or infections. However, there are so many potential causes of hives that oftentimes the cause cannot be determined. Triggers can make hives worse and often include stress, heat, alcohol, and caffeine.
Only a doctor can diagnose hives, and the most common treatments are topical and oral medications. However, a new clinical study is exploring the effectiveness of a pending treatment and researchers are looking to test the product on people affected by hives. You may be compensated for your time.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that presents as red, crusty, flaky patches of skin covered with silvery scales. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, but is most common on the elbows, knees, and scalp. It’s not contagious and it’s not dangerous, but it can certainly be irritating and embarrassing.
There’s no cure for psoriasis (yet), but treatments for symptoms are available. This skin condition occurs because the body creates new skin cells at a much faster rate than normal. Under regular circumstances, skin cells are replaced every 3 – 4 weeks, but psoriasis patients replace new cells in less than one week. Cell buildup is what causes the patches to appear.
Psoriasis still isn’t fully understood, but you can help advance knowledge by participating in a running clinical trial for this disorder. The most accepted theory is that psoriasis is caused by an issue with the immune system in which healthy skin cells are attacked. There’s also likely a genetic component to psoriasis, and people have various triggers that can make their symptoms worse.
Right now, creams and phototherapy are the most common treatments for psoriasis. However, researchers are always looking for new and improved methods. If you have psoriasis and want to be part of a clinical trial, you’ll be the first to try the latest treatments and give your feedback. You can help fellow psoriasis patients and may be compensated for your time in the process.
If you struggle with hives or psoriasis and would like to know more about participating in one of the running clinical trials, contact Spectrum Dermatology today at (480) 948-8400.