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A new treatment for the skin condition psoriasis can reduce the often distressing symptoms without the side-effects associated with standard therapies.
More than two million Britons have psoriasis, where skin cells are replaced every few days, instead of three to four weeks.
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It’s thought to be due to the immune system mistakenly attacking healthy cells. As a result immature cells move up too quickly to the skin’s surface, forming raised patches of silvery scales known as ‘plaques’ which can become inflamed and painful.
The first line of treatment is steroid creams which reduce inflammation and itching and help slow the production of skin cells, but these can thin the skin over time.
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The new treatment, Soratinex, can reduce redness and scaling skin within weeks — even banish them in some cases — without such side effects.
The twice-daily, three-step treatment combines a salicylic acid gel to remove dry skin, a moisturising cream and oil, including lavender and rosemary oil.
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A third of participants, who had previously tried other topical medications with no success, found their symptoms virtually disappeared with Soratinex.
The findings of this one-year trial were similar to previous Europe-wide trials involving 2,500 people, which found four in five patients experienced a 50 per cent or greater improvement in symptoms after using the treatment. Professor Anthony Chu, a dermatologist who led the UK trial, says Soratinex offers new hope for patients who have not responded well to existing treatments.
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‘The fact Soratinex doesn’t contain corticosteroids is particularly exciting because a lot of patients are scared of their long-term use,’ he says. ‘Nearly all patients experienced some improvement and — in some cases — these were quite miraculous. These results should be attracting the attention of the NHS,’ says Professor Chu,...
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