With more than 150,000 new cases of psoriasis every year in the United States, psoriatic arthritis is a significant concern for a number of Americans. Luckily, one Tampa dermatologist is attempting to shed some light on the condition… while hopefully alleviating some fears.
“Patients assume that just because they have psoriasis, they’re guaranteed to eventually get psoriatic arthritis. Luckily, it’s not that black and white,” says Dr. Seth Forman. “Although it’s still a risk, only about a third of psoriasis patients develop the disease.”
To help put themselves in the best possible scenario, Dr. Forman urges patients to be vigilant with screenings and to try to catch the condition early on. As with most diseases, early diagnosis often leads to more favorable treatment results.
“This is a condition that has the potential to greatly impact the quality of life for those suffering from it. By catching it early and starting the proper medications, patients can ensure they’re putting themselves in the best possible position to combat their symptoms,” says the Tampa dermatologist.
Dr. Forman, who is currently conducting a clinical trial for psoriatic arthritis, encourages any patients interested in taking part in the trial to visit his website.
A chronic inflammatory arthritis, psoriatic arthritis can range from mild to severe depending on the patient and when it’s diagnosed. For most patients, treatment helps to relieve pain, protect joints and maintain mobility.
Dr. Forman is the founder of Forman Dermatology and Skin institute, located in Tampa, Fla. and has appeared on TV shows across the country, including the nationally syndicated show “The Doctors,” to provide sun-protection tips and to demonstrate his breakthrough skin cancer treatments.
If interested in being a part of the trial for psoriatic arthritis, or for more on Dr. Seth Forman, Tampa dermatology or Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, please visit www.FormanDerm.com.
About Dr. Seth Forman: Dr. Forman is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Tampa, Florida. He was voted the “Best Dermatologist in Carrollwood” the past three years by the Carrollwood News and Tribune. In December 2011, he opened his new Tampa dermatology office, Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, where he gives psoriasis sufferers access to the latest treatment options, including topical and oral medications, as well as biological and phototherapy. Dr. Forman is one of the few Tampa dermatologists to offer narrowband light therapy, which uses pharmaceutical grade light to suppress psoriasis. He’s also one of the few board-certified dermatologists in the U.S. to use the SRT-100 radiotherapy to treat basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.
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